Altruists of the Year: Jon & Nancy Batchelor

Jon & Nancy Batchelor recognized in Modern Luxury magazine’s “Altruists of the Year”

Modern Luxury featured South Florida’s Philanthropic leaders in it’s Charity & Social Datebook issue. According to the article, “Each of these individuals has championed amazing causes and initiatives that continue to put the city of Miami on the map nationally and internationally. Their generosity, creativity and tireless work to give back to the city they love are truly inspirational.”

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Source: Modern Luxury

Jon & Nancy Batchelor


CLAIM TO FAME: Founded by Jon’s father, George, a successful business man, the Batchelor Foundation has supported various organizations from Palm Beach to Miami. The Batchelor Foundation recently donated gifts totaling $7.5 million to the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Together the couple has been recognized as the Frost Science Visionary Award Recipients.

Since moving to Miami full time in 1983, Nancy has created a real estate empire, owning a leading agency in Miami-Dade County. Her charitable support includes the American Cancer Society, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, the Miami Science Museum, the University of Miami Leadership Council, the University of Miami Pediatrics Department and the Humane Society of Miami-Dade County.Jon is a trustee of the University of Miami and Cleveland Orchestra Miami.

THE PILLARS OF THE BATCHELOR FOUNDATION: Jon: “Formed in 1990, the Batchelor Foundation is primarily focused on the underprivileged and underserved. Pillars include focusing on the South Florida region, specifically with children’s needs, both for the underprivileged and underserved; medical research; wildlife care, which includes the environment; and homelessness through our support of Chapman Partnership.”

ONE STORY THAT SUMS UP THEIR WORK: Jon: “It is really satisfying when you see the dollars going to do good for kids.We once heard from a mother whose son was blind. She came up to a trustee and said, ‘My kid would not have been able to go into school and learn braille because he didn’t have the means to learn. Your help has made all the difference in his life.’ It’s that kind of thing that makes it gratifying.”

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING THE HOMELESS: Nancy: “People have a certain perception of the homeless. There are certainly various reasons why people become homeless, but since I’ve gotten involved with the homeless, I’ve found that most just happen to have bad luck. Many people don’t have the life skills, like how to make a job resume. And what they look to do is get a little bit of guidance. You don’t want to give someone a hand out; you want to give them a leg up.”

ON HOW REAL ESTATE CONNECTS WITH PHILANTHROPY: Nancy: “I’m happy that I’m exposed to all types of people. There is much, much wealth, but there is much, much poverty that you don’t realize what’s out there. The fact that I’m dealing with homes, I can see how important it is that the homeless need an anchor.”

ON HOW IT FEELS TO SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED: Nancy: “It makes me feel good, but you also realize there is still a lot of need. It’s still not solving all the problems, and it’s certainly not going away. There’s still plenty of need, and we’re are happy to do our part in continue to close the gap.”

There’s still plenty of need, and we’re are happy to do our part in continue to close the gap.


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