FoundCare in West Palm Beach is the largest recipient of Quantum's award. Photo by Quantum Foundation
The Quantum Foundation awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants to 16 nonprofit health and wellness organizations in Palm Beach County in the first half of 2021. The grants range from $7,500 to about a quarter-million dollars.
“Our foundation has evolved to become a valued strategic partner in grant-making to Palm Beach County initiatives that improve access to health services, improve health systems, expand health education, and focus on whole-health initiatives,” said Eric Kelly, the president of the Quantum Foundation.
The largest award went to FoundCare, a nonprofit federally qualified health center whose services include pediatric and adult primary care, dentistry, women’s health services, X-rays, laboratory testing, and chronic disease assistance. The grant will help FoundCare open a pharmacy to provide affordable prescription medication at its new location on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.
“This funding for our ongoing capital campaign will enable us to serve more patients at our new, soon-to-open location, regardless of their ability to pay for services,” said Yolette Bonnet, the CEO of FoundCare.
The other grant recipients are Northend RISE; Promise Fund of Florida; Palm Beach County Health Department; Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; Meals on Wheels; Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County; Children’s Bereavement Center; Center for Family Services; Education Foundation of Palm Beach County; Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County; T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society; Help Our Wounded Foundation; the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative; Miami Lighthouse for the Blind; and TeleHealth Access for Seniors.
The Quantum Foundation was formed in 1995 with $135 million in proceeds from the sale of JFK Medical Center. The foundation has awarded more than $150 million since 1997 to hundreds of Palm Beach County nonprofit agencies.
The foundation aims to improve access to health services and to expand health education to make Palm Beach County a healthier home.
Groups funded by Quantum Foundation must meet strict grant criteria, must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and must benefit the people of Palm Beach County.