Pulte Family Charitable Foundation commits $3 million to support expansion of Florida mental health campus and extend its reach in Broward County

Fort Lauderdale, FL. March 17, 2021 – At a time when both the need and demand for quality mental healthcare has never been greater, the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation has committed $3,000,000 to Florida-based Henderson Behavioral Health to support the organization’s Growing Strong Campaign. The gift has been directed specifically to support the development of a new state-of-the-art Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) and a Centralized Receiving Facility (CRF) on the Henderson Behavioral Health Central Broward Campus. The announcement was made by Pulte Family Foundation board member and Pulte Homes Founder William J. Pulte’s daughter, Nancy Pulte Rickard.

“Our family, like so many other families, has been impacted by mental illness,” said Rickard. “My father would have been extremely proud of the decision that was made by the Pulte Family Foundation Board to make this gift.”

William Pulte, who passed away in March of 2018 at the age of 85, was a quiet giver. Except for the many Pulte Group (PHM-NYSE) buildings that bear his name across the country today, it wasn’t until the last two years of his life that he allowed his parish to name its multi-purpose center the Pulte Family Life Center. He always preferred to be a silent donor.

“After much discussion, our Pulte Family Foundation Board, which is made up entirely of family members, made the unanimous decision to lend the Pulte Family name to the Henderson Behavioral Health Campus for several reasons,” said Rickard. “Our father created tremendous goodwill through the business he founded and grew into a Fortune 500 company. His name means something to so many. We hope that through the Pulte name, the Foundation can be a catalyst to, through and for others, who want to help break the stigma of mental illness by shining a light on the topic. The Foundation is committed to giving back nationwide to communities that have supported Pulte Homes over the last sixty-plus years. We are supporting Bill’s legacy. And, we are honoring all who are suffering, or have suffered, from mental illness.

The Pulte gift is supporting the $14 million expansion of Henderson Behavioral Health on the Pulte Family Foundation Campus (The name is still being finalized). It is helping to fund the cost of the relocation of the former CSU to the new state-of-the-art facility that has a higher capacity and will offer an evidence-based therapeutic environment that is much more accessible to the community. The number of beds has increased from 23 to 48 and the facility can be licensed to serve both adults and children.

Since 2000, Henderson Behavioral Health has provided short-term, intensive treatment and stabilization in an inpatient setting-24 hours a day-7 days a week and has offered more than 50 behavioral health programs in every age group, from infants to older adults. It is imperative that Henderson Behavioral Health continues to expand resources to meet South Florida’s fast-growing demand for its services.

The expansion project has been completed.


About Pulte Family Foundation
Guided by the belief in the inherent dignity of all persons, the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation works to meet the basic human needs of the most marginalized members of the human family, including socioeconomically disadvantaged youth; the aged; persons with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities; and those with the fewest material resources. In addition to the above, the Foundation seeks to serve religious communities and correlative organizations of Judea-Christian beliefs. To this end, the Foundation strives to enact through its grantees the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; care for captives; shelter the homeless; visit the sick, and assist the mourning. For information about the Pulte Family Foundation, please contact Mark Winter at 248-568-8334 or mwinter@identitypr.com

About Henderson Behavioral Health
Established in 1953, Henderson Behavioral Health provides healthcare, housing, and hope for over 30,000 persons of all ages with behavioral health conditions in Florida each year. Through care, supported employment, advocacy, and housing, Henderson Behavioral Health assists and inspires people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders to reclaim their lives. Henderson is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful providers of recovery services for persons with co-occurring disorders in Florida. We utilize state of the art research and evidence-based practices, combined with a wide range of supports to treat the whole person, rather than just the illness. Individuals served by Henderson Behavioral Health are all unique; they come from vastly different backgrounds and arrive with different needs, talents, and hopes. As such, a variety of services are at their full disposal, be it access to medical care and psychiatric treatment, job readiness and work placement, educational opportunities, or a safe and stable place to live. Henderson Behavioral Health believes everyone contributes to society and should have the opportunity to live a life of value, self-respect, compassion, and dignity. For information about Henderson Behavioral Health, please contact Suzanne Higgins at 954-777-1624 or shiggins@hendersonbh.org


Pulte Family Charitable Foundation Publishes 2020 Annual Report

COVID-19 made 2020 a challenging year for everyone. The Foundation was continually amazed by our grantees’ example of “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13, 14, 16) during these unprecedented times. Please check out our 2020 Annual Report to learn more about The Foundation and our extraordinary grantees.

Notre Dame receives $40 million federal award to improve global education outcomes

By Heather Asiala

This article originally appeared in Notre Dame News.

The University of Notre Dame’s Pulte Institute for Global Development — together with the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) and its Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child — has won a $40 million cooperative agreement to lead a five-year program to advance U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) learning priorities in the global education sector. This USAID E3/Education Officeaward is one of the largest federal grants Notre Dame has ever received.

The Higher Education for Leadership, Innovation and Exchange — Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education program, funded by USAID, will strengthen research capacity and knowledge translation to fill critical gaps in the education sector.

“The Pulte Institute and IEI act as an important mechanism in carrying out Notre Dame’s distinctive mission to serve those in need, and this award will be monumental in helping propel the University forward in that role,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering.

While progress has been made in recent years to conduct research that strengthens education systems in developing countries, more targeted research is required to create systemic and sustainable change. This program, called HELIX SHARE, will bring local scholars and higher education institutions together to address these challenges and opportunities in a number of low- and middle-income countries, with a view to developing a replicable model to guide decision-makers.

“This program embraces Notre Dame’s vision of development as accompaniment, where a deep appreciation of local capacity and ownership is viewed as the cornerstone of effective development practice,” said Ray Offenheiser, the William J. Pulte Director of the Pulte Institute and professor of the practice within the Keough School of Global Affairs. “By gathering, translating and using research more effectively, we hope to meaningfully impact global education policy and practice.”

The Notre Dame team will mentor an impressive coalition of partners in higher education across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to implement the program. The first year will convene critical country-level and regional stakeholders to identify pathways to address learning agenda questions around education in crises and conflict, foundational learning skills, youth and workforce development and higher education. Additionally, the program will offer a series of capacity-strengthening actions — including trainings, workshops, mentorship and close accompaniment — to ensure that individuals and institutions engaged in research generation, translation and utilization ecology are equipped to work together to advance education interests.

“Everything about the award is exciting, not least the success in building a remarkable global coalition of experts in overcoming the significant obstacles to delivering quality education to underprivileged populations,” said Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School. “The bottom line, however, is the opportunity a generation of children, youth and young adults in low- and middle-income countries will now have to gain knowledge and develop skills enabling them to contribute to the private-sector workforce, civil society and government. This program is what we mean by development that is responsive to the demands of human dignity.”

The Pulte Institute, which is part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, will lead management, oversight and administration of the program. The program team will be led by Tom Purekal, director of the Pulte Institute’s Innovation and Practice division, alongside four full-time team members: Jerry Wright, program director; Megan Gavin, technical director; Estela Rivero, monitoring evaluation learning and knowledge management director; and Nancy Ryberg, research specialist. The program will also invoke the contributions of many other individuals across the Pulte Institute, the Keough School, IEI and the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child.

“This award represents a major milestone for the University of Notre Dame in its continued growth as a leader in international educational development research and practice,” said Neil Boothby, founding director of the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child within IEI. “It brings a substantial influx of resources at a propitious time to bolster our mission to improve the education of all youth, particularly the disadvantaged.”

HELIX SHARE is expected to launch in September 2020. For more information, contact Tom Purekal at tpureka1@nd.edu.

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Pulte family foundation makes $111 million gift to University of Notre Dame

By Sherri Welch

This article originally appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business.

  • Gift will support development of anti-poverty programs and efforts
  • Foundation funded with assets transferred from estate of late PulteGroup founder William Pulte
  • Follows $1 million gift to Ferris State University to support scholarships, incubator in construction program

The Pulte Family Charitable Foundation has made a $111 million gift to the University of Notre Dame, the alma mater of several in the family, to support development of anti-poverty programs.

The gift represents a part of the assets transferred to the foundation from the estate of the late PulteGroup Inc. founder William Pulte, who died in March 2018.

The home-building company was long based in Bloomfield Hills before moving its headquarters to Atlanta in 2013.

The gift will fund efforts aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty, along with financial aid and scholarships for low-income students.

Among other programs, it will support the Pulte Institute for Global Development, which is developing programs to improve the well-being of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations, and the William J. Pulte Directorship of the institute.

The gift will also fund a donor-advised fund and endowments named for William J. Pulte and the family in support of the Keough School of Global Affairs’ next-generation global leadership development programs and the Wilson Sheehan Labor for Economic Opportunities, which is working to scale programs that move people out of poverty.

The Pulte family will work with the university in South Bend, Ind., on the distribution of the gift to determine the most effective and efficient ways to curb and eliminate poverty, said Mark Winter, president of Bingham Farms public relations firm Identity, speaking on behalf of the family.

After his retirement, William Pulte focused on serving others “and wanted to do what he could to help address the world’s biggest problems, especially world peace and poverty,” his widow Karen Pulte, a member of the family foundation’s board and Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs advisory council, said in a release.

“Bill wanted more impact on a larger scale,” she said.

“That’s why the combination of the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation and Notre Dame makes so much sense. Together, we will leverage our resources to finally put an end to global poverty once and for all.”

“What we do and the decisions we make now will make all the difference in our being a dynamic and relevant entity — taking on current and future philanthropic challenges and addressing humanitarian issues — versus an old-school foundation that functions under the most conservative principles and practices,” Nancy Pulte Rickard, the couple’s daughter who serves as chairman and president of the family foundation, said in a release.

The Pulte Family Charitable Foundation’s alliance with Notre Dame will help the foundation accomplish its “long game, both nationally and globally,” she said.

“In addition to sharing our core beliefs rooted in our Catholic faith, the university has a global reach with access to some of the world’s brightest minds, expertise, resources and all-around know-how for playing on different fields and winning when it comes to improving life systems for humanity.”

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based foundation’s gift to the University of Notre Dame follows a $1 million gift from the foundation to Ferris State Universityin Big Rapids in October to fund scholarships and an incubator as part of the university’s construction program, Winter said.

The foundation expects to continue to operate and provide financial resources to other charities going forward, Winter said.

FSU Construction Management Program Receives $1.4 Million Scholarship Endowment

By Jacob Johnson

This article originally appeared on 9and10news.com.

A million dollar donation will help make college more affordable for construction management students at Ferris State University.

The Putle Family Charitable Foundation is giving $700,000 to create a scholarship endowment.

This will be matched by the Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge for a total of $1.4 million in funds.

The foundation is also giving $300,000 to the program’s learning endowment.

Educators say this gift follows former teacher, governor, and school founder Woodbridge Ferris’ belief everyone should have a chance for education.

“Students will think I can’t afford college and to be able to provide this to realize they could actually have opportunity within this field and it can be attainable is just fantastic,” said Program Coordinator, Suzanne Kohrs Miller.

The college will now name this lab the William J. Pulte construction practices lab.