28 Jul Quantum Foundation Invests Nearly $1.5 Million Locally in First Half of 2022
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The board of trustees of Quantum Foundation, under the chairmanship of Dr. Gerald O’Connor, recently approved 20 grants totaling $1,434,028 for Palm Beach County-based nonprofits.
Quantum Foundation is a health foundation that was formed from $135 million in proceeds from the sale of JFK Medical Center. Now in its third decade of community investment, the foundation has assets of approximately $150 million. Since its inception, Quantum Foundation has awarded $160 million to hundreds of Palm Beach County nonprofit grantees. Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the county to benefit local communities.
“Palm Beach County has had to face the economic headwinds of inflation, like the rest of the country, on top of continued COVID setbacks,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation. “These grants aim to support key community organizations while continuing to address root causes that impact the health of Palm Beach County residents.
Of the grants allocated for the first and second quarters of 2022, $250,000 was distributed to Palm Beach State College (PBSC) for its excellence in medical simulations. With Quantum Foundation funding, PBSC will establish their Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation in the upcoming year to further produce a highly skilled pipeline of medical professionals to fill the ever-growing number of healthcare positions throughout Palm Beach County.
“With a 95% job placement rate of PBSC nurses who graduate, the College is ensuring a pipeline of highly trained medical professionals from classroom to career, serving the healthcare needs of Palm Beach County,” said Dean Glorioso, Advancement Communications & Manager of Grant Development at PBSC. “PBSC’s Health Sciences program is providing real-world training on the same state-of-the-art medical equipment that is used in today’s healthcare facilities. We are incredibly grateful for the shared vision and generous gift from the Quantum Foundation.”
Other grants in this cycle include:
Action for Healthy Kids ($100,000) – All of Palm Beach County
With Quantum Foundation funding, Action for Healthy Kids will implement its Family-School Partnership Model in the School District of Palm Beach County. The model aims to alleviate health disparities through equitable, culturally responsive interventions to empower families, schools and kids.
Alzheimer’s Community Care ($65,000) – Northern Palm Beach County
With Quantum Foundation funding, ACC will preserve the dignity, safety and well-being of 450 caregivers and 450 patients (900 individuals) living with Alzheimer’s disease or other neurocognitive disorders through access to health services and supports.
The Arc of The Glades ($50,000) – Belle Glade
With Quantum Foundation funding, The Arc of The Glades will provide access to healthcare services to 66 clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers, including access and assistance utilizing telehealth.
Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County ($45,578) – All of Palm Beach County
With funding from Quantum Foundation, the Diabetes Coalition will continue to provide free-of-charge, comprehensive diabetes awareness, prevention, and risk-reduction programs for all ages.
E-Roadmap ($20,000) – Riviera Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, E-Roadmap will provide health and wellness wraparound services to 600 participants and distribute 8,000 pounds of nutrient-dense produce to Riviera Beach residents.
Families First of Palm Beach County ($130,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, Families First of Palm Beach County will provide care coordination and support services to 50 kinship families to keep the families together and out of the foster care system.
Feed the Hungry Pantry of Palm Beach County ($100,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, Feed The Hungry Pantry of Palm Beach County will grow their infrastructure and organizational capacity through a solar-powered refrigeration container network, enabling them to provide food more efficiently to individuals and organizations. They will also realize cost savings which will increase their sustainability as an organization.
Fresh Rx ($50,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, Fresh Rx will provide their Farm to Patient program to 66 households every 16 weeks to improve the health outcomes of each patient. The farm to patient program serves those who are suffering from food insufficiency and whose doctor suggests an improved diet will improve their health. By receiving a free 16-week farm share, it will allow recipients to start incorporating more fresh produce into their diet without adding any financial strain.
George Snow Scholarship Fund ($100,000) – All of Palm Beach County
With Quantum Foundation funding, The George Snow Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to 10-12 low-income minority students from the Palm Beach County School District’s Medical Science Academy Program. They will also provide support and supplies to help the students complete their first year of college and to eventually graduate with a health science degree.
Grandma’s Place ($60,000) – Royal Palm Beach County
With Quantum Foundation funding, Grandma’s Place will provide respite care for parents of special needs children. These parents will experience lower stress-related illnesses while enjoying the continuation of care they otherwise could not have afforded. Children will improve health, including learning how to communicate more efficiently, reducing the chances of unintended neglect.
Love Serving Autism ($45,000) – North Pam Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, Love Serving Autism will serve 400 residents in Palm Beach County through conducting their evidence-based adaptive tennis program at three existing Palm Beach County locations. The therapeutic team at Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach locations support speech, occupational, physical, recreational, and behavioral therapy.
National Alliance for Eating Disorders ($35,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, National Alliance for Eating Disorders will serve 14 uninsured/underinsured clients with psychological services to help improve their condition.
Palm Healthcare Foundation (25,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, the Palm Healthcare Foundation will continue to honor and elevate communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity and equity. It will also underscore community-led initiatives that look at residents to define health challenges and efforts to address mental, physical health and overall well-being.
Parkinson’s Foundation ($20,000) – All of Palm Beach County
With Quantum Foundation funding, Parkinson’s Foundation will distribute Aware in Care kits. Kits are made available to any person with Parkinson’s Disease, care partners, clinicians or community organizations that request one.
Philanthropy Tank ($30,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, Philanthropy Tank will use their Alumni Engagement Coordinator to support and follow the individuals who are awarded.
Sari Center ($120,000) – Palm Beach Gardens
With Quantum Foundation funding, Sari Center will provide cancer navigation services to 500 patients and caregivers per year, including an average of 250 new clients.
True Fast Outreach Ministries ($40,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, True Fast Outreach Ministries will provide transitional/supportive housing for 30 individuals to reintegrate the formerly incarcerated and others back into the community.
Urban Youth Impact ($100,000) – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, Urban Youth Impact will build a playground and basketball court on their campus to create a safe and engaging outdoor environment to encourage increased physical activity for the youth in their program.
West Palm Beach Center for Arts & Technology – West Palm Beach
With Quantum Foundation funding, West Palm Beach Center for Arts & Technology will provide health education and nutrition activities, digital and visual arts instruction that will lead to community health promotion and hold three student-led community health art events in the Northwest District.