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Panhandling. Don’t contribute to the problem.

signGiving directly to panhandlers can lead to serious problems:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Violent crime
  • Harassment and intimidation
  • Distracted drivers and dangerous intersections

According to the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center, "enforcing laws against panhandling plays a relatively small role in controlling the problem. Public education to discourage donations, and providing adequate access and availability of social services -- especially treatment for drug or alcohol abuse -- are more effective tactics in a comprehensive community response to panhandling."

Contribute to the solution.

There is a better way to give. 

The City of Fort Lauderdale has launched an alternate giving campaign to raise public awareness to the many non-profit agencies that serve our community. 

Instead of giving spare change to panhandlers, make a real change in the lives of local children and families.

Your donations to local non-profit agencies will help fund homeless assistance, substance abuse and community support services in Fort Lauderdale.

Where to Give

The following is a list of suggested alternative giving options along with links to fundraising pages:

Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc.
Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc. (BPHI) is committed to reducing homelessness by promoting independence and self-worth through advocacy, housing, and comprehensive services. BPHI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, managed by a board of directors comprised of local community leaders.

First Call for Help of Broward County
EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY,SOMEONE IN BROWARD IS SEARCHING FOR HELP OR SERVICES – housing, food, financial assistance, relief from abuse, family issues, depression, childcare, suicide prevention, etc, but navigating the maze of city, state and non-profit agencies can be overwhelming and confusing.

Since 1995, 2-1-1 Broward, has been the community’s central point of entry into the health and human services system. Dialing 2-1-1 is an easy way for people who need help to get connected with the community service providers that can help them. The 2-1-1 Broward helpline is available to every individual and family in Broward County.

HOPE South Florida, Inc.
HOPE South Florida is a non-profit organization. Motivated by God's love for our city, the Christian community and other partner agencies have joined together seeking to serve homeless and hurting individuals and families. Through partnerships with the Christian community services and churches we are providing housing, mentoring relationships and community one-stop service centers, we seek to see broken families renewed and lives restored.

United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County unites the resources of donors and volunteers to identify the community’s most pressing needs and creates measurable results.  We are leading the effort to identify the vital issues impacting our community in the areas of Education, Income, Health and an emphasis on Substance Abuse – the building blocks for a better life.

United Way of Broward County mobilizes the power of local businesses and government, education leaders, non-profits, faith-based organizations and volunteers to make a much needed impact in our community.  We are investing in quality strategies and programs that provide long-term solutions while advocating for better policies, engaging people in the community and generating resources.

Making a Difference
There are many organizations making a positive difference in our community.  For a complete list of United Way Partners visit

Thank you for your support.