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4.03.2012

Jack Taylor Family Foundation Continues a Legacy of Generosity

Supporting the South Florida community is a family tradition for Elizabeth and Mitchell Taylor, whose generosity through the Jack Taylor Family Foundation established the Elizabeth A. and Mitchell G. Taylor Boardroom at University of Miami Hospital.

“From the very beginning, a flagship hospital was central to the plan for UHealth-University of Miami Health System,” said UM Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. “When Cedars Medical Center became University of Miami Hospital in 2007, that plan became a reality, and the growth that ensued since that time would not have been possible without the vision and generosity of friends like the Taylors.”

From a $62,500 insurance policy paid upon the death of a business partner, foundation founder and Miami-based real estate developer Jack Taylor built the charitable organization into a multi-million dollar entity supporting medical research and education, stating he did not want to “profit from someone else’s misery.” Current foundation leadership—president and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Taylor, and vice president, treasurer, and son Mitchell Taylor—have continued Jack Taylor’s legacy of generosity since his death in 1995.

“Jack established the foundation with the motto, ‘helping others help themselves;’ our focus has been just that ever since,” says Elizabeth. “Our support has largely been centered on the medical arena because that tends to have the largest outreach. But we are also great supporters of arts and education because there is a need there, too, in this community.”

In addition to their support of UM Hospital, the Taylors have also shared their generosity with the Diabetes Research Institute, Jackson Health System, The Miller School Department of Pediatrics, and the UM Frost School of Music.

“If Elizabeth and Mitchell’s names are already familiar to people around the Miller School campus, it is probably because the Taylor Breast Health Center and central conference facility at UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital are also named in their honor,” Dean Goldschmidt said. “This consistent outpouring of generosity places the Taylors firmly among UM’s top philanthropists, with a giving history of more than $1 million. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the UHealth mission and for their steadfast and continued support of the University of Miami.”

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