The Frances Langford Fund for Martin County at the Martin County Community Foundation awarded 303,620.00 to innovative projects tackling dementia, literacy, infant mental health, toxic algae blooms, job training, and teen recreation at an awards ceremony held last night at the Dolphin Bar and Shrimp House in Jensen Beach, the landmark restaurant formerly owned by the fund’s namesake, actress and singer, Frances Langford.


The Frances Langford Fund for Martin County will award grants totaling $303,620 to seven local nonprofits to fund programs in 2018 and 2019, according to the Martin County Community Foundation.

The largest grant of $100,000 will go to Martin County HUGS, a new joint project of Alzheimer’s Community Care and Council on Aging of Martin County that will seek to make Martin County a dementia friendly community through a broad based public awareness and education campaign that will involve varied sectors, from law enforcement to retail.


Michael Verde, nationally renowned speaker on literature and philosophy presented a program on Transcendental Leadership for prominent local philanthropists and their guests in February as part of the Martin County Community Foundation Speaker Series.

Michael Verde spoke to an intimate group of philanthropists, fundholders, board members, and special invited guests about Transcendent Leadership.

“Today was a perfect example of what we say about Martin County Community Foundation in our literature – it provides philanthropically motivated people to have very special learning experiences in an intimate setting.” – Brian Foss, MCCF Board Members and Fundholder.


Martin County Community Foundation’s board member Brian Foss led a sold-out room of nonprofit leaders and their selected board members to discuss Ten Traits That Make Nonprofits Great.




The Martin County Community Foundation hosted an exclusive event in March at the Huizenga Family Center for a gathering of our most valued philanthropists where Michael Verde presented “Living in Fullness Everyday: The Spirit of Communication”.



In early March, Peter Lawson-Johnston, author of “Growing Up Guggenheim”, spoke to local philanthropists gathered at the home of Ellyn and Ray Stevenson about his life, his family, and his work, all marked by the legacy of his great grandfather, Solomon R. Guggeneheim, a name long associated with great art and philanthropy.