Pace In the News

March 25, 2021

As part of the Magic and Steve Clifford’s continuing efforts toward social justice reform, he created the Social Justice Game Changer program to honor one local leader who has made a difference in the realm of social justice issues. 

An energetic, innovative, and results-oriented executive leader passionate about building strong communities and improving the lives of girls, children, and those with disabilities, Johnson has worked in just about every realm of education and child development. Since 2017, she has been the Executive Director at the Pace Center for Girls, which provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.


March 22, 2021

Local artists have been hard at work to support Pace Center for Girls, Broward. Each artist has added their unique talent and inspiration to the Center's Empowerment Project, creating visions of empowerment, love, and hope. Artists like Talia. It is my hope that this project will start public dialogue about the girls here at Pace,” says Talia Ore, a Miami-born artist specializing in custom creations from large to small scale. “My mural depicts a princess reading a story. The pages are illuminated and read: ‘This princess writes her own fairytale. I want every girl to know that her voice... can change the world.’ It is meant to empower young women to take charge of their destiny, speak up, and know [that] the weight of their impact here on the world can be great!” Talia joins other local artists for the Believing in Girls Empowerment Project.

March 09, 2021

Pace Center for Girls, Polk was able to purchase equipment for the center’s new science, technology, engineering, art, music and math (STEAM) room thanks to a donation from Nick and Ashley Gibson Barnett. “We’ve been inspired by the work Pace is doing for girls, and we’re incredibly honored to contribute to these efforts by funding this makerspace for STEAM learning," said the Barnetts.

March 01, 2021

Charity Navigator, the world's largest evaluator of nonprofits, has announced the release new tools that help in determining whether nonprofit organizations engage in constituent feedback practices with their program beneficiaries and other stakeholders. These tools provide the millions of donors that utilize Charity Navigator ratings annually with insight into how nonprofit organizations like Pace Center for Girls listen to and act upon building relationships with their donors, funders, program beneficiaries, and partners.

"Feedback plays an integral role in shaping our organization, ensuring that our programs and advocacy efforts are grounded in the principles and practice of participatory evaluation and equity and inclusion. We applaud Charity Navigator in recognizing the importance of feedback and integrating it into its rating system." - Mary Marx, President & CEO of Pace Center for Girls

February 25, 2021

Fifteen years ago, the Community Foundation of North Central Florida’s Board of Directors recognized the connection between the well-being and success of women and that of their communities, and launched the first Women’s Giving Circle in the Gainesville area. What started as an idea 15 years ago has attracted more than 200 local women and made possible more than $1 million in grants to 40 local nonprofits, ranging from the Pace Center for Girls, Peaceful Paths, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, Displaced Homemakers and so many more.