Philanthropy, progress and powerful women were top of mind when more than 150 efficient philanthropists joined together at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens for Impact the Palm Beaches annual kickoff event on March 1, 2018. Impact 100 member and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ Board Chairman, Frances Fisher, was the evening’s special guest speaker. Fisher along with ANSG’s Gardens Conservancy sponsored the evening of impact.
Impact the Palm Beaches is a dynamic leader of women’s philanthropy: bringing new resources to the community and making philanthropy accessible. Through strategic high-impact grant-making, they engage, develop and inspire women to create change in the community.
“One woman, one meeting, one vote,” said Deborah Johnson, Impact the Palm Beaches co-founder, “is not just a matter of facilitating generosity, it is a matter of leveraging the power of women, each of whom will commit $1,000, to effect social change in our community. We couldn’t ask for a better speaker, host and setting to illustrate the power of women and philanthropy. We are truly grateful to Frances Fisher and the Gardens Conservancy for hosting our membership event.”
Fisher noted that philanthropy is a field that has been ahead of the curve in pushing for promising social policy for women for several decades. As the 21st century moves ahead, women continue to expand their knowledge, expertise, influence and leadership in every aspect of our society. Fisher stated that we are not only seeing women grow in leadership roles, but women are also gaining significant financial muscle. Today, 45 percent of American millionaires are women and 48 percent of estates worth more than $5 million are controlled by women.
“Ann Norton was a visionary woman that spoke to the very essence of what Impact 100 is about with her wonderful legacy to this community,” said Fisher. “It is one that combines art, culture, education and the environment that has delighted the hearts and minds of visitors of all ages for four decades. The nine monumental sculptures displayed throughout her two-acre property, which includes one of the largest rare palm and cycad collections in the world, as well as her historic home and studio, were her gift to us and the many yet to experience her home and gardens. Ann Norton would be very pleased by the outstanding circle of friends gathered here tonight to celebrate their collaboration and investment in our community.”
The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The two-acre sanctuary is comprised of rare palm and sculpture gardens, Ann Norton’s historic home and exhibition galleries, and Norton’s own Wyeth-designed artist studio. Located at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery and garden exhibition talks are available on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For information, please visit www.ansg.orgor call 561-832-5328.
For more information on Impact the Palm Beaches, please visit ImpactPalmBeaches.org.