Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact

The Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact was established in 2004 in memory of EWPBF Board Member Lois Cohn Kwasman. Lois touched the lives of all those who knew her with her quiet manner, steely determination, and infectious sense of humor. She showed us how to succeed in the competitive field of media and communications, and how to turn our compassion for those less fortunate into action. 

This program provides EWPBF with an avenue for making an impact in our community through grants designed to support efforts that are intended to provide for the under-served, needy, or less fortunate persons in our society and efforts designed to make a community impact.

EWPBF’s Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact grant enables us to fulfill our purpose of giving back to the community where we live and work. Through Lois’ inspirational example, we strive to turn compassion into action by assisting the under-served and less fortunate in our society.

Our generous sponsors and donors enable us to make two grants annually to non-profit organizations whose missions are aligned with ours -- to assist girls and young women ages 8 to 24 in Palm Beach County who lack hope or need help in developing life skills. These programs focus on helping participants gain self confidence and become resourceful and self-sufficient, thus positioning themselves for a successful life.

The grant is for $20,000 payable over 2 years. At our annual Foundation luncheon, held in the Fall.

Our 2016 Lois Kwasman Community Impact Grants were awarded to

Dress for Success
The Glades Initiative

Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact
Funding Grant Recipients


Children's Home Society
Communication Learning Center


Florida Resource Center for Women and Girls, Inc.
Female Enrichment Center


Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County
Healthy Girls for Life Program


The Nelle Smith Home for Girls


 Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County -Keyboard for Kids Piano Program

Families First of Palm Beach County
Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)
2012-2013  Vita Nova, Inc.
Fostering College Achievement 
2013-2014   Pace Center for Girls
2014-2015 The Center for Family Services
Safe Kids Program
Aspira of Palm Beach County
Girls Speak Out


Best Foot Forward
Grounded for Life program
Girls on the Run Palm Beach, Inc.

 2016-2017Dress for Success
The Glades Initiative


Grants Available:

Funding Option: $20,000, payable in two installments of $10,000 over a 2 year period in October to an eligible organization to provide funds in support of an eligible program or project meeting the purpose of the Lois Kwasman Program.

Resource Option: opportunity for Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation member volunteer involvement in an eligible organization as board members, committee members, trainers, mentors, or other resource help to be adapted to satisfy needs of the organization.

Eligible Organizations:

An organization must satisfy all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of the application submission and throughout the term of the organization’s involvement with the Lois Kwasman Program:

is a 501 (c) (3) organization

maintains an office and operations in Palm Beach County, Florida

Eligible Programs: programs that assist girls and young women who lack hope or need help to develop life skills to gain self confidence, become resourceful and self-sufficient, and position themselves to have a successful life. The program or project for which the application is submitted must provide services for girls and/or young women between the ages 8-24 in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Application Process:

The deadline for nominations is : Monday, July 17, 2017 by 5:00 pm 

PLEASE NOTE:  Eligible organizations must be nominated by an EWPBF Member.

Questions: Harreen Bertisch, Chair of Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact Committee (561.655.8944 x257)
or the EWPBF Office info@ewpb.org, (561.868.7070).


Our Mission: Empowering women to succeed and lead

Our Vision: To be the voice that inspires integrity, equality and leadership

in the workplace and our community

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation, Inc.
2701 N Australian Avenue, Suite 205
West Palm Beach, FL  33407
561.868.7070  info@ewpb.org

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