Palm Beach Zoo Receives Community Development Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

 The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society announced that it has been named a recipient of The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s 2014 Community Development Grant. The grant is part of a $402,500 collective donation to address issues related to affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization in South Florida. The grants will help individuals and families regain and maintain financial stability through access to affordable housing, preparing future homeowners, providing financial education or contribute to the area’s economic development by supporting work that contribute to the vitality of our communities.

The Zoo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which attracts more than 300,000 visitors a year. The Zoo has a mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. Bank of America’s grant will help the Zoo to accommodate more economically disadvantaged students in education programs. The number of students who qualify as economically disadvantaged continues to grow, as does the number of Title I schools in Palm Beach County. The Bank of America grant will expand the Zoo’s capacity to serve these students.

For years, Bank of America has invested in community development grants throughout South Florida. This year alone, the grants will impact approximately 354,855 individuals in South Florida. 

“It is crucial to assist in driving economic development and revitalizing the West Palm Beach area so we can build a healthy and vibrant community. Through the Community Development Grant, Bank of America is making a lasting impact and we are honored to be a recipient,” said Zoo President & CEO Andrew Aiken. “Bank of America provides a great example of the potential of corporate social responsibility with this grant and a model for investing in nonprofits who are serving the critical needs of those in their local communities.”

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.

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