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Advancing the College and Community through Philanthropic Giving

Helen M. Salzberg Gallery

Celebration of the Arts

Check out Helen and VP David Rutherford on the cover of Palm Beach Society

“It’s your heart that makes a difference in the lives of our students.”

President Ava Parker’s words to artist Helen Salzberg are as brilliant as the colorful brush strokes emanating from Helen’s artwork. Palm Beach State’s naming dedication for the Helen M. Salzberg Gallery on October 28 brought a tremendous opportunity to showcase the College, the arts and the power of giving.

The Palm Beach Gardens Eissey Campus is now home to the Helen M. Salzberg Gallery, complementing her scholarship endowment that serves students and elevates the arts program for both College and community. Helen’s opportunity to embark on a lifetime of artistic expression and talent came at a young age. Now, she is providing the same for our students at a time when securing the arts in educational programming is essential.

Excellence in Medical Simulation

A Partnership with the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation


Changing lives is not easy. But when you’re the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, it’s your mission.

Palm Beach State College has been sending its medical students to area hospitals for required clinical training for years. However, our local healthcare facilities are not immune to current circumstances. Restrictions now prevent the College from placing students in community hospitals to complete their clinical hours. But a new partnership has brought solutions, enhancing Palm Beach State’s Health Sciences program and impacting healthcare throughout Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach State has partnered with the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation to expand its Center of Excellence in Medical Simulation. Created in 1997 by the late Frederick DeLuca, co-founder of the global SUBWAY® restaurant chain, the DeLuca Foundation supports health awareness, workforce development and artistic experiences through educational programs. A generous gift from the DeLuca Foundation is launching a 21st century facility with cutting-edge simulators, technology and equipment used in today’s medical industry.

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

Panther TRUE Fund

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



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.

The Palm Beach State College Foundation, Inc., operates under the auspices of the Division of Institutional Advancement and serves as fiduciary, connecting private philanthropy with charitable giving opportunities that advance the College’s mission and strategic plan.


Palm Beach State Mission Statement

Palm Beach State College provides student-centered learning experiences that transform lives and strengthen our community.

Foundation Mission

The Foundation provides value to the College by expanding awareness of and engagement in Palm Beach State while accepting, stewarding and distributing philanthropic gifts in accordance with donors’ wishes.

Foundation Vision

A better, healthier future through equitable education

Palm Beach State’s Foundation

  • seeks private philanthropic gifts and partnerships to further initiatives and opportunities that impact students’ lives and the community
  • is committed to developing relationships with individuals, businesses and community partners, who share in the vision and goals of the College
  • serves the College, its students and the community through scholarships, philanthropic gifts and non-public grant opportunities

Palm Beach State College is the Heart of Palm Beach County

  • Florida’s first public community college, Palm Beach State is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County with a $1 billion annual economic impact on the County.
  • Serving nearly 50,000 students annually across five campuses, Palm Beach State offers customized training, college credit and career certificate programs, and over 130 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees.
  • Palm Beach State serves over 30% of college-bound high school seniors in area public schools, more than any other institution of higher learning in Palm Beach County.
  • Palm Beach State also empowers students through continuing education, cultural arts and online learning, contributing to the prosperity of Palm Beach County.
  • Palm Beach State graduates serve Palm Beach County in healthcare, emergency and essential workforce services.

Tax-deductible contributions provide

  • Academic & career paths for students
  • Advancements for the College’s most urgent needs
  • Capital improvements for academic, training and new & ongoing programs
  • Economic & workforce development
  • Scholarships for students
  • Support in perpetuity through establishing an endowment fund

2020 - 2021 Foundation Board of Directors


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

Vice Chair: Noel Guillama *Alumnus* - Guillama, Inc.

Immediate Past Chair: George Gentile *Alumnus* - Gentile, Glas, Holloway, O'Mahoney & Associates, Inc. 

Treasurer/Investment: William C. Greenman, Jr.

Secretary: Trish Lowry


Executive Committee

College President: Ava L. Parker, J.D.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director of PBSC Foundation: David Rutherford, M.A., CFRE

Vice President for Finance & Administration: James Duffie, CPA

Assistant Controller: Jadeen Notice, MBA


Foundation Board Members

Professor Debbie Beres
(Faculty Representative)
Palm Beach State College

Yvonne Boice
National Endowment for Humanities

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

Hermine Drezner
Windrez LLC

George T. Elmore
Hardrives, Inc.

Brent Fykes
CIBC/Atlantic Trust

Pia Giannone
Rotary Club of Boca Raton

Elizabeth Hamma
Hubbard Radio

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

Julie Kime *Alumna*
Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce

Robert W. (Bob) Koo
Koo Consulting Group, Inc.

Ellice Martinez *Alumna*
HCA East Florida Division

Whitney Cunningham Walker
Florida Power & Light Company

Patrice Bishop
(DBOT Representative)

Melissa Friedman-Levine, MD
(DBOT Representative)

Manda Kotori

Investment Firm:
Merrill, a Bank of America Company

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 Form

Request for Check or Purchase Order (xls)

Letter of Determination | Tax-Exempt Certificate


Audit Reports

2020 Foundation Audit Report

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

2019 Foundation 990 Form

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.

Note: All meetings to be held via Zoom until further notice.

Executive Committee Meetings

Oct. 21, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Dec. 9, 2020 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Feb. 17, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

April 28, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

June 16, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 28, 2021 - 8:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conf. Room


Full Board Meetings

Sept. 16, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP103

Nov. 18, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CE129

Jan. 13, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, CE129

March 17, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs/103

May 19, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
Lake Worth campus, Center for Bachelor’s Programs/103


Investment Committee Meeting

Oct. 21, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

Jan. 27, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conf. Room 321

April 28, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.
Palm Beach Gardens campus, Smith Conference Room

July 28, 2021 - 9:00 a.m.
Lake Worth campus, CBP, 3rd Floor Conf. 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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