Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact

The Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact was established in 2004 in memory of EWPB 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 EWPB 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.

EWF’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 11 to 21 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 Lois Kwasman luncheon, held in the Fall, the second payment ($10,000) of this grant will be awarded to the 2013 winning Recipient.  Pace Center for Girls, our 2013 Recipient, will also be awarded their 2nd year payment.  

Our 2013 Lois Kwasman Community Impact Grant was awarded to

Pace Center for Girls

PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through
education, counseling, training and advocacy


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 - Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)
2012-2013  Vita Nova, Inc. - Fostering College Achievement 
2013-2014   Pace Center for Girls


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 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 11-21 in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Application Process:

THE NOMINATION PROCESS FOR 2014 OPENS ON JULY 11, 2014.  (nomination form attached)  PLEASE NOTE:  Eligible organizations must be nominated by an EWPB Member.  2014 Kwasman Nomination Formjwdoc.doc 

The deadline for submission of nominations is August 6, 2014

Questions: Harreen Bertisch, Chair of EWF Lois Kwasman Program for Community Impact Committee (561.655.8944 x257) or the EWPB Association Office info@ewpb.org, (561-868-7070).


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