Cathy Donnelly

Cathy Donnelly
Governor Appointee

- Immediate Past Chair

Cathy Donnelly is the Director of Community Relations for Castle Group. She moved to Florida in 1996 from Ottawa, Canada to found the Castle Group with her husband, James.

In August 2004, Ms. Donnelly pioneered the K.I.S.S. program (Keep It Simple Service Program) for the Davie, FL branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Today, K.I.S.S. serves a free, nutritious snack and free, hot suppers each school day in all 12 Broward County Clubs! Ms. Donnelly served as Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Chair in 2012-2013 and is proud to hold emeritus status with the organization today.

She is an active member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Legacy Society, the United Way Tocqueville Society, and serves on the Youth and Education Committee of the Broward Workshop. She is a benefactor for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and feeds her passion for the arts by sitting on the Community Foundations Art of Community committee.

In 2010, CastleCares was established as the philanthropic arm of the Castle Group. The CastleCares mission is to serve children and families in need throughout the state of Florida. Ms. Donnelly oversees the various opportunities for staff members to volunteer and support the nonprofit community and manages the annual giving budget on behalf of the company. In 2015, she established Castles Day Of Caring which is a companywide event that supports various charities all over the state of Florida.

Born in Liverpool, England, Ms. Donnelly moved to Canada with her family at age six where she resided in St. John's, Newfoundland and Ottawa, Ontario. While living in Canada she owned and operated a Travel Agency Franchise in Ottawa for six years. In 1992, she founded a local chapter of IODE (Independent Order Daughters of the Empire) in Ottawa which provided assistance to the underserved community throughout Canada.

Ms. Donnelly and her husband James were high school sweethearts and have been married for 30 years. They reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and have three wonderful sons; Jordan, Chase, and Brock. In her spare time, Ms. Donnelly enjoys hiking, skiing, travel, reading, spending time with family and friends and R & R in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

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2-1-1 Broward General Hotline | 2-1-1 Broward

2-1-1 Broward, an information & referral line, provides a 24-hour, comprehensive help line and support service for individuals seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. An impressive database of information is used to provide community callers with current, relevant information regarding a wide variety of services within the community. All calls are toll-free, confidential and anonymous from anywhere in Broward County.

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2-1-1 Broward Special Needs and Behavioral Health | 2-1-1 Broward

The 2-1-1 Hotline is Broward’s single source for information and referrals for children with behavioral health needs and disabilities. The hotline’s specialized staff focuses on helping parents, caregivers, agencies, and medical practitioners who serve the needs of children, find programming, support and hope. A case management component is also available for families in need of assistance accessing and navigating the special needs and behavioral health system of care.

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Capacity Building Mini Grants | Children's Services Council of Broward County

Infrastructure building support is provided to local child and family serving nonprofit organizations through our annual Capacity Buildings Mini Grants. Through a competitive grant process, local organizations are awarded funding for capacity building projects, professional business coaching and or fundraising support each year.
Primary POC: Adamma DuCille |

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Community Builders| Children's Services Council of Broward County

Improving Lives Through Collective Impact through the Broward County Children’s Strategic Plan

Health & Safety Initiatives
Cribs for Kids | Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.

In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a report that estimated that the risk of infant suffocation increases 20-fold when infants and adults sleep in the same bed. In 2005, the AAP restated that co-sleeping is a growing concern and recommended that infants not share a bed during sleep.

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CSC Sponsored Trainings | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The CSC offers quality and affordable training workshops for professionals serving children and families in Broward County. Each session is led by instructors that are highly qualified and experienced in their field to provide an optimal learning environment. CEU’s are also offered for many of the completed courses. For a training calendar and to register, please visit our website at

Primary POC: Adamma DuCille |

Health & Safety Initiatives
Drowning Prevention | Florida Department of Health in Broward County

Drowning Prevention is a collaborative community effort driven by the Drowning Prevention Task Force. In 2009, the Children’s Services Council allocated funding to support a full-time coordinator housed at the Broward County Health Department who provides insight and accountability for the implementation of the Drowning Prevention Action Plan.

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The impact Future Prep had on Sarah fomented her desire to give back to her community. Today, she is a Counselor for Memorial’s CSC-funded Youth Force program, helping other young people gain confidence and determine their own path for the future.
This program has touched me and made a difference in my life.
Thanks to the Children’s Services Council and the YMCA of Broward County, students have an opportunity to give a voice to issues that are important to them.