In its role of promoting LGBT philanthropy in South Florida, Our Fund Foundation launched the South Florida Philanthropy Awards on February 9, 2019 to recognize those individuals who demonstrate a significant philanthropic impact in South Florida’s LGBT community. The generosity and actions of these philanthropists help to make South Florida the most livable community in the country for LGBT people.
Saturday, February 26, 2022
5:30- 6:30 PM
6:30 – 7:00 PM
7:00 – 7:30 PM
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Mary N. Porter Ballroom
201 SW 5th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Jayne Baron Sherman
Raising the Bar Award
Designating the Philanthropist of the Year, this year’s Raising the Bar recipient is Jayne Baron Sherman. Jayne’s thoughtful generosity directed at numerous cultural, arts and LGBTQ advocacy agencies increased at the onset of the pandemic at a time these agencies were especially vulnerable. Jayne’s philanthropic impact in South Florida and nationally has helped to sustain arts and cultural institutions beloved by the LGBTQ community. Jayne and her wife Deby Zum were initial investors in Our Fund’s success as First 100 Funders and remain generous annual supporters. Jayne also provides leadership gifts to Our Fund’s grant funds distributed to South Florida agencies.
Commitment to a Cause Award
Numerous South Florida LGBTQ agencies have been the beneficiary of Doug’s volunteerism. Doug’s name is synonymous with LGBTQ benefits and galas as Doug and the teams he assembles are the first faces seen at check-in for almost every large event in the region. Doug works tirelessly to gather and relay information to volunteers so that events run smoothly with host agencies’ boards and staff able to concentrate on the event knowing that check-in and guest needs are capably managed by Doug and his crew.
Next Generation of Philanthropy Award
Nominated by SAVE, Jonathan has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAVE since 2020 and has served on the Board since 2018. Jonathan also serves on SAVE’s Endorsement Committee, which interviews and endorses political and judicial candidates running for office in South Florida. Recently, Jonathan was appointed by Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber to be the Vice Chair of Art Deco Cultural District Panel. In this role, Jonathan is committed to making Miami Beach safer and more enjoyable for residents and visitors. Jonathan exemplifies how his generation can become engaged and lead bringing vigor and fresh ideas to advance our region’s LGBTQ movement.
Reflections from Our Funders
In addition to honoring dedicated members of our community, the program also featured reflections on the history of Our Fund Foundation, with conversation and commentary from the Founders: Mark Ketcham, Chuck Loring, Coleman Prewitt, Dick Schwarz, and Tony Timiraos. Together they discussed the beginnings of Our Fund, why it was so necessary, and how it has so far fulfilled their hopes for what the foundation could accomplish.