Philanthropy is a way of life here in Palm Beach, and it starts young. Earlier this year, the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank launched an exciting opportunity for students to create innovative solutions to social problems – and in this week’s judging, Rosarian Academy students scored big.
Rosarian’s seventh- and eighth-grade “Glocalizers” designed Hexa Village, a temporary homeless shelter crafted from recycled shipping containers. The students’ goal was to provide a safe and sustainable community to support homeless men, women, children and families.
The proposal was such a hit that it earned pledges totaling $18,000 – including $13,000 from a single contest judge. Palm Beach’s Danielle Moore was quoted in the Palm Beach Daily News as telling the students, “I love this program. It’s going to be a monumental task to make this work, but I’m in. I’m all in. I’m going to give you $13,000, and I’m going to mentor you and the rest of the Rosarian group.”
The students worked with The Lord’s Place, a West Palm Beach non-profit that works diligently to break the cycle of homelessness in Palm Beach County. Two other judges pitched in $1,000 apiece, and the proposal earned an additional $3,000 for being selected the overall favorite from among the 35 contest entries.
The Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank is an initiative of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, and is led by Advisors for Philanthropic Impact, whose members are all Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy (CAP©).