We will strive to facilitate creative, effective programming that addresses the immediate needs
of children in crisis while seeking long term solutions to the abuse, neglect and abandonment
problem facing the children of our community.
About the Foundation
The Paul Palank Memorial Foundation was formed to aid abused, neglected and abandoned
children in Dade and Broward Counties. The funding became possible because of the
successful conclusion of a legal battle that lasted more than nine years, ending in the United
States Supreme Court, over the wrongful death of Paul Palank. In addition to being a husband
and devoted father of two small children, Paul was a Sergeant with the Miami Police
Department, who focused his professional and personal efforts on helping children. Sadly, he
was killed, along with seven others, in a train derailment wherein CSX Railroad was found by a
jury to have put enormous profits above human life. When the jury punished the corporation
with a large financial verdict, Paul's family contributed proceeds of the jury award to this cause
in an effort to honor Paul's values as well as Paul himself for his examples of courage and
commitment to the most vulnerable in his community, the children.
The Foundation in Review
We have granted for over 10 years now, always seeking to be effective while keeping in mind
both Paul's values--protecting some of the most vulnerable of children--and the values of the
current directors--innovation, collaboration and successfulness.
The organizations we have been fortunate enough to work with have been impressive. From
larger organizations such as Kristi House or Kids in Distress, to smaller ones, such as KidSafe
or Heart Gallery, as well as a full spectrum in between, we have personally verified their
exceedingly high standards for helping the children, as well as their efficiency and intent on
assuring the most amount of improvement for the most children.
The individuals we have met, moreover, have shown themselves to be nothing short of
amazing! It is not surprising to find so many workers and volunteers making sacrifices,
considering the type of people who make children their life’s work, but even in such a caring
community it has been wondrous to meet such soulful, committed, and clever people. The
people we have met, whether briefly or repeatedly, could teach other communities many things
about working in harmony and cooperation, and the value of being unified in their common
goals. They have been true professionals, regardless of their titles. Their generosity in
teaching us how to do this work both optimally and optimistically is deeply appreciated.
Now we are looking forward to the next stage in our Foundational Plan. While we intend to
keep our eye on the same problems and issues we have been committed to since our
inception, we are also updating our priorities and approaches in hope of being more pro-active
in both comprehensive program coverage, as well as innovation.
Sadly, we cannot do anywhere near all that we would like to, so we are sharpening our focus.
This is a difficult economic period, but we are looking forward to helping those programs that
are making a positive difference in the lives of children.