The mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community.

Journey with us through our first 20 years



The Foundation Is Established

“Creating a Foundation is a lifelong goal. It is very exciting for Jan and me to be certain that the charitable giving we believe in so strongly will continue beyond our lifetime through the Foundation.”

— Jim Moran


The Jim Moran Foundation Archives was established with the mission to preserve and share the story of Jim Moran, the organizations he created, his vision, his philosophies and his philanthropic contributions, through the identification, collection and cataloguing of memorabilia and other property (both physical and intellectual) of historical significance. Furthermore, we will create an environment that will provide for the proper display and protection of items related to the lifetime achievements of this extraordinary man.


The Work Begins

Awarding our first three grants in education of $5,000 each, The Jim Moran Foundation has since invested more than $50 million in North and South Florida to encourage learning, promote academic success and provide opportunities for brighter futures.



Supporting Youth Working Toward Independence

The Jim Moran Foundation’s first grant for youth in foster and relative care of $75,000 provided guidance, understanding and support on their path toward self-sufficiency. Since then, we have continued our leadership giving with more than $18 million to help create and sustain holistic systems of care in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties.

“FLITE Center’s relationship with The Jim Moran Foundation has been an invaluable one since our inception one decade ago. The Jim Moran Foundation was instrumental in shepherding the way for FLITE’s development and growth over the years, funding both our College Boost and Housing programs, which both work hand in hand to help our system’s youth overcome barriers that could have led to years of poverty and homelessness. By providing on-site, hands-on GED instruction, post-secondary linkage and housing coordination, FLITE Center has been able to change the outcomes for hundreds of foster care youth in Broward County, creating opportunities they would not have had otherwise. With every step we take, The Jim Moran Foundation is there to champion our mission, reassuring us that our youth are worth the leap of faith.”

— Christine Frederick, Executive Director, FLITE Center



Empowering Seniors

Before our founder’s passing in 2007, he encouraged The Jim Moran Foundation to remember that as we fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for children and families that a family can mean one senior or a family of many. As we begin our 20th year, The Foundation has awarded more than $11 million to create opportunities for engagement, prevent isolation and provide for the overall well-being of seniors.



Responding to Immediate Needs


Growing up during the Great Depression, our founder never forgot where he came from and expected his foundation to be responsive to immediate needs in the community. Following the economic downturn, The Jim Moran Foundation partnered with local nonprofits to provide healthy food and housing assistance for struggling families.


Strengthening Families

“We feel fortunate that, through our partnership with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, we can help struggling families meet their immediate need for safe housing – as well as provide them with opportunities and resources to rebuild their lives.”

— Jan Moran


“Helping to open doors of opportunity for a brighter future is what The Jim Moran Foundation is all about.”

— Jim Moran

Throughout our 20 years, The Jim Moran Foundation has granted more than $44 million to help create pathways to self-sufficiency through housing, education and comprehensive workforce development.


Transformational Gift to Florida State University


Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business with an initial donation of $1 million in 1995. The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship continues to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research with ongoing support from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.


In partnership with Florida State University, The Jim Moran Foundation annually selects up to two African-American high school seniors from North and South Florida as Jim Moran Scholars to receive a four-year, needs-based scholarship to FSU with funding provided through the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Established by Jim and Jan Moran in 1996, this legacy award gives hardworking students an opportunity to succeed through education regardless of their financial barriers.


Jan Moran congratulated graduates of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship's inaugural class at their spring 2019 commencement. In less than four years, the school became FSU's newest college and the nation’s first stand-alone entrepreneurship college at a public university.


Improving Our Communities


During our founder’s lifetime, he helped strengthen and build capacity for hundreds of nonprofit organizations. In 2018, The Jim Moran Foundation celebrated what would have been Jim’s 100th birthday by committing more than $10 million in recognition of his belief that, “Working together we can make a difference in our community, one child at a time.”



The Work Continues

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it.”

— Jim Moran

Since being established 20 years ago, The Jim Moran Foundation has invested $135 million in education, elder care, family strengthening and pathways to independence by partnering with hardworking nonprofits. We look forward to continuing our founder’s legacy of kindness, compassion and generosity for generations to come – just as he would expect of us.

“Giving back to the communities where we live and work is not only a privilege but a responsibility — a responsibility to take care of one another and respect one another. When you look beyond yourself to meet someone else’s needs, that’s where philanthropy starts and really feeling good about life begins.”