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A Passion for Learning: Your legacy for Palm Beach County


A New Vision for Philanthropic Giving

Frank DiMino's Extraordinary Gift for Medical Innovation


Palm Beach State College’s mission to transform lives does not happen without the incredible partnership of individuals like Frank DiMino, a local resident, longtime entrepreneur and friend of the College. A recent seven-figure gift from the Frank DiMino Family Foundation is thought to be the largest in Palm Beach State’s 87-year history, an unprecedented investment in the future of the College, its students and Palm Beach County.

Panther TRUE Fund

To the Relief of Urgent Emergencies

Dear Friends,

The Panther TRUE Fund is providing much needed relief for our students during this extraordinary time. Knowing our community and many of you individually, I have felt the tremendous outreach and concern that has been expressed for our students’ financial stress. Their ability to sustain themselves requires help with food shortages, housing costs, health care and other daily necessities.

We are in this together. Through unity we shall not only persist but also prevail. Together, we can make a TRUE difference.

To the extent that you can help, thank you on behalf of these students we continue to serve.

David A. Rutherford
Vice President of Advancement
Executive Director of PBSC Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED dollar for dollar thereby doubling the impact of your gift.

Watch the Panther TRUE Fund Video Here


Luiz Padredi and Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy and PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D.


Feb. 20, 2020
Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy, NFL Hall of Fame coach and New York Times bestselling author, shared his inspirational lessons on life, leadership and fatherhood as Palm Beach State College’s featured guest at its 8th annual STEAM luncheon, presented by Bank of America and moderated by Emmy award-winning sports anchor Keli Ferguson.

“You must lead people not by pushing them but by bringing them with you and making their lives better,” he told a capacity crowd in the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, transformed into a football stadium thanks to Yvonne Boice, local businesswoman and philanthropist who has been chairing the event since its inception.

During the VIP event, sponsored by Ideabar, Dungy introduced Luiz Padredi, a PBSC student with a 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering. Padredi wasn't able to continue with his studies until he obtained a scholarship through the PBSC Foundation.

“Wouldn't it be a shame if a 4.0 student couldn’t continue because of finances,” Dungy said. “This is why we’re here.”

PBSC President Ava Parker reminded her 650 guests that PBSC is indeed the heart of Palm Beach County and that STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) initiatives provide scholarships for students in these vital fields.

Tony Dungy’s message reminds us of PBSC’s mission to transform lives and strengthen the community. “It's about the journey - mine and yours - and the lives we can touch, the legacy we can leave and the world we can change for the better.”


James Patterson and PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D.

Bestselling author creates scholarship for PBSC students

James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author, is creating a scholarship that will cover the full cost of tuition for Palm Beach State College students.

The Patterson Family Foundation has established scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students at 15 colleges and universities across the United States, but this will be the first to benefit community college students. The James Patterson Presidential Scholarship will fund 32 full-time  scholarships, which will be awarded annually to 16 incoming and 16 second-year PBSC students. While eligibility targets students who have expressed interest in pursuing careers in education, the scholarship will be available to other full-time students as well.

The Gift of Music: Colbert Music Scholarship recipient Christian Villanueva

(From L to R, Chris Colbert, Music Scholarship recipient Christian Villanueva, Dr. Charles Colbert, Ana Thomas & David Rutherford)

When the Golden Age of Swing brought us the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s, band leaders such as Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman were shaping the sound of popular music, and Charles Colbert’s own musical journey was just beginning.  Today, at the age of 90, he and his career in music are being honored with the Dr. Charles Colbert Music Scholarship, a gesture from his son Chris, one that impacts the students of Palm Beach State.

Dr. Colbert’s music career has spanned nearly 75 years across several states, from his musical training and education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music to the University of Michigan and music faculty positions at Case Western Reserve University, Morris Harvey College and Heidelberg College in Ohio.

Giving to Palm Beach State College

When you give to the Palm Beach State College Foundation, your gift extends far beyond the dollar amount you give; it builds momentum and grows exponentially. A single scholarship can change an entire family's future. Gifts can expand with matching funds from government and other grant organizations. An endowment can create a new classroom, support faculty, launch a new program or even break ground on a new educational building.

Our Mission

Why does Palm Beach State College need a foundation?

The College is tax-assisted, not tax supported. Funding from the state has declined from 71 percent of the College's annual budget to about 46 percent.

We seek private support to both maintain and grow the depth and breadth of education the College provides its students.

The role of the Foundation is to develop relationships with community partners, individuals and businesses--who understand the value and contributions a college of this scope and purpose provides.

We then utilize those gifts by linking contributions with the College's most pressing needs.

Your tax-deductible contribution can provide:

  • Scholarships for students
  • Funding for new academic programs
  • Capital improvements for new and ongoing programs
  • Enhancement for the quality of education and student 
    life at Palm Beach State College

To continue our mission we need your support.

The Palm Beach State College Foundation can help with your commitment to the College.

Vision Statement

Provide sufficient funding so every student who wants to attend Palm Beach State College can attend! 

Create a value for learning and self-worth to unite people of all ages and cultures and share the belief they are empowered to shape how they live and grow within their communities.

Case For Support

So Much to Learn--So much to Share

Palm Beach State College: A commitment to excellence
Florida’s first public community college is now the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, offering more than 130 bachelor’s and associate degrees and career certificate programs.

Serving 49,000 students annually at five campuses, Palm Beach State College is the first step for over 30 percent of the college-bound high school seniors in our county’s public schools, more than any other institution of higher learning. We also build careers for thousands of professionals in our community.

And that’s just the beginning. Palm Beach State is also a leader in continuing education, cultural arts and online learning.

Palm Beach State College is vital to the community.

We provide an affordable, high-quality education for local residents who, in turn, serve and support Palm Beach County’s economic vitality and quality of life -- a win-win for our students and our community.


2019 - 2020 Foundation Board of Directors


CHAIR:  Mr. Ricky Wade - B'ing the Best, Inc.

VICE CHAIR:   vacant

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR:    George Gentile - Gentile, Glas, Holloway, O'Mahoney & Associates, Inc. *Alumnus*

TREASURER/INVESTMENT:   William C. Greenman, Jr. - BNY Mellon

SECRETARY:   Trish Lowry


Executive Committee







Board Members

Professor Debbie Beres
(Faculty Representative)
Palm Beach State College

Yvonne Boice

Vicki Chouris *Alumna*
South Florida Fair & Palm Beach
County Expositions, Inc.

George T. Elmore
Hardrives, Inc.

Brent Fykes
CIBC/Atlantic Trust

Noel Guillama *Alumnus*
(Development Committee Chair)
Guillama, Inc.

Elizabeth Hamma
Hubbard Radio

Lance C. Ivey *Alumnus*
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath


Dennis J. Kanai *Alumnus*
(Audit Committee Chair)

Barbara J. Miedema
(DBOT Representative)

Carolyn L. Williams
(DBOT Alternate Representative)

Student Representatives:

Rock Desjardins

Antonio Salgado

Investment Firm

Fabiola Sardinha

Note: These documents are in PDF format, unless stated otherwise.


Check Deposit Form

Data Request Form

Disclosure Form for Conflict of Interest

Gift-In-Kind Donation Form

Request for Check or Purchase Order (xls)

Letter of Determination | Tax-Exempt Certificate


Audit Reports

2019 Foundation Audit Report

2018 Foundation Audit Report

2017 Foundation Audit Report

2016 Foundation Audit Report

2015 Foundation Audit Report

2014 Foundation Audit Report

2013 Foundation Audit Report


990 Forms

2018 Foundation 990 Form

2017 Foundation 990 Form

2016 Foundation 990 Form

2015 Foundation 990 Form

2014 Foundation 990 Form

2013 Foundation 990 Form


Conflict of Interest Policy

Disbursement Policy

Gift Acceptance Policy

AFP Code of Ethics

Donor Bill of Rights



2013 Community Report


Palm Beach State College Foundation is a subscriber to the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Palm Beach County.
We follow and believe in the Donor Bill of Rights with respect to the treatment of donors.

All members of the Palm Beach State College Foundation Board of Directors are required to sign an acknowledgment form stating they have reviewed and understand the Sunshine Law and Conflict of Interest Policy of Palm Beach State College Foundation, Inc.

Legal Notice
Foundation Board of Directors
Palm Beach State College

The Palm Beach State College Foundation Board of Directors Executive Committee meetings are open to the public and are held at Palm Beach State College, Eissey Campus, 3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, in the Smith Conference Room. The purpose of these meetings is for the Executive Committee to conduct public business. A copy of the agenda is available at the Foundation Office, Lake Worth campus, Room CRA 200 at 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida. Any person with a disability requiring auxiliary aid services for this meeting may call the Foundation at 561-868-3450 with their request.


Executive Committee Meetings

Oct. 30, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Dec. 11, 2019 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Feb. 26, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

April 22, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

June 17, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 22, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conference Room


Full Board Meetings

Sept. 18, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP103

Nov. 13, 2019
12 Noon Full Board Meeting, Lake Worth Campus, CE129

Jan. 15, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room 103

March 25, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room 103

May 20, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs, Room 103


Investment Committee Meeting

Oct. 30, 2019 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Jan. 29, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conference Room 321

April 22, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 22, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conference Room


Nominating Committee Meeting


Gift Acceptance Committee Meeting


By-Laws Committee Meeting



Contact Info

Palm Beach State College Foundation
4200 Congress Avenue, CRA 200
Lake Worth, FL 33461
Phone: 561-868-3450  |  Fax: 561-868-3687

Established in 1973. A 501(c)3 organization.

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