Jim's long tradition of giving back to the community began in Chicago. Through his fundraising initiatives in Chicago, Jim supported the Boy Scouts, B'nai Brith, Chicago Heart Association, American Cancer Society and City of Hope, among others. Now known as the United Way, Jim raised funds for the Community Chest between 1952 and 1961 - and chaired the Niles Township Community Chest's annual campaign in 1960. After a tragic fire swept through Our Lady of the Angels School in 1958, claiming the lives of 92 children and three nuns, Jim pre-empted his Courtesy Hour program with a personal telethon appeal and raised significant dollars to help the victims' families. Through the years, his fundraising also included hosting several telethons with celebrities such as Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Carson and the Harlem Globetrotters, just to name a few. Jim's fame as an advertising pioneer earned him the cover story in TIME magazine's March 24, 1961, issue. To this day, he is the only automobile dealer ever to appear on its cover.
Jim and Jan Moran: Partners in Giving
Beyond his amazing career, Jim was dedicated to giving back. Jan, his partner in life and chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation, shares his strong commitment of making a real difference in the lives of others. Although Jim's passing was a tremendous loss to our community, Jan has continued his legacy of thoughtful, compassionate philanthropy.
Always inspiring others to work hard and do their best, Jim was quick to assist with both a financial and personal commitment for community projects, especially those involving children and families. In an effort to involve others, he often challenged organizations to raise money and then committed to match all or a portion of what was raised, increasing the total gift. Following the tradition he set in Chicago, Jim's personal philosophy of giving back to the communities where he lived and worked paved the way for a lifetime of charitable endeavors. While he chose to remain anonymous in the early years of his philanthropy in South Florida, we now know that he supported many organizations such as Kids in Distress, Holy Cross Hospital, and The Starting Place.
In 1988, one of the first public announcements of Jim's charitable giving was his $1 million gift to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale following his open heart surgery. In November 2000, Jim and Jan announced a $6 million Challenge gift to Holy Cross Hospital, one of the largest single gifts the hospital has ever received from a living donor. The Morans' significant donation funded the five-story Jim Moran Heart & Vascular Center, a facility dedicated to being the preeminent provider of education, prevention, early detection and treatment of cardiac and vascular diseases. In May 2006, Jim and Jan and JM Family announced a $26 million Challenge to assist Holy Cross Hospital in the development of the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute. Recognizing the opportunity to bring lifesaving treatments to our community, they pledged $10 million contingent on community contributions to the Institute.