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Philanthropy Notes: Philanthropy Tank returns for fourth year

Applications are open for Palm Beach County students in grades eight through 12 who want to participate in the Philanthropy Tank program.

The program fuels and inspires the next generation of leaders by challenging, empowering and equipping them to develop and execute sustainable initiatives and solutions. Philanthropist-investors fund the students’ projects and offer one-on-one mentoring. Since the program began four years ago, meaningful changes have been made in the areas of education, health and human services and youth development.

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Student raises $9,000 for YMCA swimming programs

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Catie Krakow was significantly affected by the shooting that occurred Feb. 14, particularly because the 18-year-old’s classmate and friend, Nicholas Dworet, died.

Catie decided to respond to the tragedy by doing something generous. Knowing Nick was a passionate swimmer, she started a GoFundMe page to honor him and the 16 other victims by raising money to support aquatics programming at the Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca Raton. She raised $9,000 and presented a check to YMCA of South Palm Beach County President and CEO Jason Hagensick.

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Kudos to Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches

Charity Navigator has awarded Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches a four-star rating for the 12th consecutive year, a recognition achieved by 1 percent of the nonprofits evaluated by the organization.

The rating is a nod to the agency’s accountability, financial health and transparency.

“This accomplishment is truly a team effort, which would not be possible without our committed staff members, generous supporters and driven board of directors,” CEO Matthew Constantine said. “Our 12th four-star rating comes at a significant time as we move forward with fundraising for our Hope Begins with a Home campaign.”

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Teens, anglers donate fish to Boca Helping Hands

For more than a decade, Fishing for Families in Need (F4FN) has helped local soup kitchens serve 3,000-plus pounds of fresh fish to the hungry. This summer, a group of teenage volunteers from F4FN attended the 2018 Big Bang Open spearfishing tournament in West Palm Beach to seek fish donations for Boca Helping Hands.

Thanks to the anglers involved, 190 pounds of fish were collected, filleted and delivered to the organization, where it will feed 400 patrons.

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Women’s golf executive joins Clinics Can Help board

Pam Swensen, a longtime advocate of women’s golf and the power of golf in fostering relationships, has joined the board of directors at Clinics Can Help.

The CEO of the Executive Women’s Golf Association supports the nonprofit’s annual golf tournament and saw an opportunity to make a bigger impact for its cause — getting medical supplies to those who can’t afford them.

“I’m humbled to join the Clinics Can Help board to further contribute to this group’s success and outreach in redistributing durable medical equipment to those in need,” Swensen said.

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