Hanley Foundation: Creating strategies to combat addiction, overdose
What does Hanley Foundation do?
Hanley Foundation creates and implements strategies designed to change the face of addiction. We are committed to solving today’s addiction problems for tomorrow’s youth. The opioid epidemic and addiction are top-ofmind issues here in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. We have over three decades of experience as Palm Beach County’s leading nonprofit organization for providing more than $3 million in substance abuse prevention and education programs for parents, caregivers, and school-age children. We are the largest provider of prevention services in Florida. This year, our work will positively impact the lives of more than 65,000 students, parents, teachers, caregivers and community members across the state. Hanley Foundation’s prevention and education teams are first responders to the addiction battle in schools in 21 Florida counties, including many schools in Palm Beach County. Over the next three years, we’ll serve more than 120,000 Florida students.
How does your organization benefit the community?
Our communities are facing an addiction crisis. Palm Beach County leads the state in opioid-related overdose deaths, with more than 600 recorded in 2017 alone and more than 5,000 total opioid overdoses recorded in 2016. In the United States, overdose is the leading cause of death for people 50 and younger. Hanley Foundation is on the front lines of battling the crisis. We know our core mission elements — prevention, education, advocacy and access to quality treatment — make a difference. In the past year alone, our measurable outcomes of success include:
■ Increasing our programming from 14 to 21 Florida counties reached, including numerous schools in Palm Beach County
■ Increasing trained prevention staff to more than 30, with a goal of serving over 120,000 Florida students by 2019
■ Building our executive leadership with the addition of chief development officer and director of education positions; a new forum series facilitated by the director of education, Project C4OPE — designed to connect families who share the experience of a loved one who has died of opioid overdose, survived an overdose, or are at high risk for overdose — serves four geographic regions of the county
■ Service outreach has increased by nearly 173 percent, from 25,250 served in 2015 to nearly 65,000 served in 2018
What i s your a ge ncy’s focus for the future?
Hanley Foundation has entered a rapid—while thoughtful and targeted — growth phase that addresses all areas of our mission. These updates have allowed the Foundation to take a greater leadership role in fighting the state’s addiction crisis via our four core mission elements. With these directives in place and build- ing upon the 30-year track record of successful philanthropic work that started with Mary Jane and Jack Hanley (Hanley family members also still sit on the board), the foundation has strengthened its position and visibility as a statewide leader in the fight to prevent and treat substance use disorders. The foundation is providing more evidence-based programming, increasing access to quality treatment through fundraising for scholarships and consistently serving as an experienced voice in the community’s conversations.
How can the community help?
Hanley Foundation is committed to remaining a leader in battling the addiction epidemic and Florida’s premier resource for substance use prevention. We are con- stantly raising awareness and funds through grantwriting, as well as our three signature events: Palm Beach Dinner on Jan. 17, 2019, at the Sailfish Club of Florida in Palm Beach; Family Picnic on March 10, 2019, at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach; and Golf Classic on April 22, 2019, at Admirals Cove in Jupiter.
Barbara Shafer, director of education at the Hanley Foundation, conducts Project C4OPE, a forum series designed to connect families who share the experience of a loved one who has died of an opioid overdose, survived an overdose, or is at high risk for overdose. The meetings are held weekly in different areas of the county.
Jan Cairnes, CEO