WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 23 – The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties announced today it has retained NewsMark Public Relations for strategic communications counsel on a number of civic engagement leadership projects.

The Foundation, which has granted more than $74 million to nonprofit organizations in the community and $4.5 million in scholarships to over 1,200 students since its inception, is developing the first-ever “Digital Public Square” to empower civic engagement across the county. New community resources sponsored by the Community Foundation are also being prepared for publication on the new digital platform that will combine the power of web 2.0 tools and a growing number of nonprofit partnerships to deliver critical community information.

“NewsMark Public Relations presented us with an impressive record of success and a very clear understanding of our work in addressing issues critical to quality of life in Palm Beach County,” said Leslie Lilly, President and CEO of the Community Foundation.

“We’re pleased to be selected by the Community Foundation to work with its top notch management and communications team to implement a strategic program that underlines the enormous potential of these projects to inspire civic engagement throughout the county,” said NewsMark CEO Mark Hopkinson.

Funds from a two-year civic initiatives leadership grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are being used to develop the “Digital Public Square” project. The Knight Foundation is encouraging community foundations nationwide to pursue similar leadership initiatives.

About the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
Since 1972, The Community Foundation has granted over $4.5 million in scholarships to over 1,200 students and $74 million to nonprofit organizations in the community. The Foundation accepts contributions in support of community initiatives, special projects and permanent endowment. Income from endowment is used to make grants and award scholarships primarily in Palm Beach and Martin counties. To learn more, please visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invests in journalism excellence worldwide and in the vitality of U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Since 1950, the foundation has granted more than $400 million to advance quality journalism and freedom of expression. Knight Foundation focuses on projects with the potential to create transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

About NewsMark Public Relations
NewsMark Public Relations www.NewsMarkPR.com  is a full-service PR agency founded by Mark Hopkinson, a former US media strategist for the British government and BBC trained journalist. The firm specializes in corporate, personal and political image building with an emphasis on influential media placements and strategic communications.

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