Chamber For Good
Mission: Chamber for Good seeks to build bridges and encourage collaboration between for-profit and not-for-profit members of the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce to enhance community services.
Guest Speaker: Howard Dvorkin, CPA
Topic: "A Rose By Any Other Name: Using For Profit Tools in the Non-Profit Sector"
Date: Thursday January 21, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
For Howard Dvorkin, success in business and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. He’s a firm believer in paying it forward to help others and this belief is what drives Howard to play such an active role in supporting and leading nonprofit initiatives. Howard’s desire to help the community found new purpose in 2017 with the news of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
As a longtime Parkland resident and a staunch supporter of mental health services, Howard recognized a critical need to provide long-term trauma counseling for the survivors of this tragedy. In the direct aftermath of the shooting, free counseling services were being extended to all students, faculty and families affected by the event. However, Howard knew extensive funding would be required, so that local mental health organizations could continue to provide ongoing support. This is what inspired Howard to partner with Stacey Udine and Pam Aks to found parklandcares.org. Howard’s vision was to create an organization that could focus on driving fundraising efforts, so that mental health providers and counseling services could focus on their missions of helping those in need.
Howard is the Chairman of Debt.com whose mission is to reach the masses with debt solutions and personal finance education so they can live a better life. Debt.com is playing an active role in supporting all of the administrative, technical and marketing resources needed to support Parkland Cares. Through the years, Howard has been honored by many organizations across South Florida for his support of education and helping those in need. He is a founding member of The Cupboard which alleviates hunger in Broward County by soliciting, collecting, providing and, where necessary, delivering food directly to, and in conjunction with, all the agencies that service this diverse population. He was also named a 2014 Laureate in the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, which honors community leaders who have achieved business excellence, vision and innovation while inspiring courageous leadership and community responsibility. He was as named Heavy Hitter of the Year by The South Florida Business Journal and is a two-time nominee for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has also been the recipient of the South Florida Diamond Award, which is an award that acknowledges outstanding individuals who exhibit exceptional leadership, and the Israel Bonds Commemorative Medallion for his good works for the betterment of the State of Israel.
Howard was appointed to the Executive Board of the United Way of Broward County due to his philanthropic contributions to the South Florida community. He is the former Chairman Elect for the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida, a founding member of the South Florida American Heart Association Board of Directors, a Board Member of Henderson Behavioral Health, a former Board Member of the South Florida Chapter of Junior Achievement and the Board of Governors of The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. He dedicates his time to the National Leadership Council at American University and the Kogod School of Business inducted him into the prestigious 1923 Society at American University.
Howard graduated from the University of Miami with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from American University. He is currently listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the Finance Industry and is part of the premier group of CPAs that are recognized with the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.
About Chamber For Good: Chamber for Good raises awareness of the charitable work in our communities and provides individuals, organizations, and businesses an avenue to learn about and participate in making the places we live and work better. Through focused meetings and networking, member businesses will gain a greater understanding of available services and uncover opportunities for collaboration and philanthropy.
Our goal is to build a stronger and more impactful community through the relationships, support and synergy of our members. Help us create a brighter future and join the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce today.
For more information about Chamber for Good, please visit http://chamberforgood.com/coralsprings. If you are not a member of the Chamber, you may still list your business' needs on our website. We want to help all of our community's not for profit businesses!
Steering Committee Chamber for Good
Irma Parone - Chair of Chamber For Good
UNITING NON-PROFITS, UNITING THE COMMUNITY
Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Presents “Chamber for Good”
The Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is launching a new community building service called Chamber for Good. This service will allow local charities to increase their visibility within the community. This new initiative will assist the Chamber to reach out to the many outstanding nonprofits that make a difference in our community by helping them to achieve their goals. This program is free and open to 501 (C)(3) charities that service residents of Coral Springs.
Chamber for Good is an innovative way for businesses and philanthropic individuals to become aware of local charitable needs, causes and events. Bringing individuals, organizations and businesses together to achieve great goals is a key focus of the chamber. The Chamber for Good system will serve to connect all local charitable organizations and causes with the individuals and organizations within our community that are eager to support local needs.
“This program allows us to connect our residents and businesses and really strengthen our community in a way that we haven’t been able to do before”, explained Cindy Brief, President and CEO of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce . “Our goal is to help nonprofits raise awareness and money needed. By leveraging the support of our businesses we will be able to make a difference in our community, which is what we always strive for.”
The Chamber for Good tool allows residents of our community to view local charitable needs posted by local charities sorted into three areas: financial, volunteer, and goods and items needed. All local charities that fit the eligibility guidelines have the ability to create a public profile on the Chamber for Good site, then post needs in the three areas as they arise,” explained Cindy Brief.
Residents are encouraged to go to the Chamber for Good website and enter their email address toward the bottom of the home page. By doing this they will be notified once per week, by email, of the local needs that exist among the charitable organizations and causes that operate within our community.
The Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce will launch The Chamber for Good with a networking event on July 20, 2017 from 8:30 -10:00am. The event will be open to all non-profits and businesses that serve non-profits (not just chamber members). The launch will discuss the usage of The Chamber for Good website, committee responsibilities and the goal for the overall program. This will also be a great networking event!
Bessie Cristwell, HEART Program
Carol Mitchell, HEART Program