The Metropolitan Ministries Foundation (a separate 501c3) ensures struggling families and children in our community find safety, relief, and hope today and into the future. By wisely investing and stewarding your gifts, the Foundation provides consistent resources to fulfill the mission of Metropolitan Ministries.


Metropolitan Ministries Foundation will ensure that hurting families always find hope and help in times of need.


Metropolitan Ministries Foundation will honor the values and be worthy stewards of all who support our vision, during their lifetimes and beyond.


Deuteronomy 15:11:
“For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying,
You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land.”



Foundation Board of Directors

Martin Silbiger, MD, Chair
Founder of the University Diagnostic Institute and Senior Medical Scholar in Residence at the University of South Florida, Director of the Department of Radiology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Center, Imaging Consultant of Florida

Robert Basham
Co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, Glory Days Grill, and PDQ

Gerry Coughlin
Managing Partner, Oakpoint Advisors
Vice Chair of Advancement, Metropolitan Ministries Board of Directors Executive Committee

Preston Farrior
Chief Operating Officer, Ferman Automotive Management
Foundation Liaison, Metropolitan Ministries Board of Directors Executive Committee

Elizabeth Fowler
Director of the Triad Foundation
Currently serving on Boards of the Academy Preparatory School,  Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Lowry Park Zoo Endowment, and The Phoenix in Tampa (sober active recovery). She is also on the national board of The Policy Circle.

David Redmond
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MultiPlan, Inc.

Metropolitan Ministries Foundation Staff

Molly James, Chief Executive Officer

Reverend Morris Hintzman, President Emeritus

Janet Pantaleo, Donor Advisor

If you have questions about how your charitable plans can support our mission, please reach out to one of us below:

Molly James, Chief Executive Officer
Direct: (813)

Janet Pantaleo, Donor Advisor
Direct: (813)



This special group provides leadership gifts to support the Foundation:

Tom and Diana Cornett
Dorothy Thomas Foundation
David and Millie Redmond
Dr. Martin and Ruth Silbiger
Vinik Family Foundation


Learn more about Legacy Giving



What is the role of Metropolitan Ministries Foundation?

Metropolitan Ministries Foundation ensures the long-term sustainability of Metropolitan Ministries, Inc. and its lifesaving programs for vulnerable people in our community. By carefully investing its resources, the Foundation offers consistent and reliable support for the Ministries, and helps sustain the Ministries during any unforeseen crisis, such as an economic downturn, health pandemic or natural disaster.

Who oversees Metropolitan Ministries Foundation?

Metropolitan Ministries Foundation has an independent Board of Directors with financial and governance oversight. Rev. Morris Hintzman is President Emeritus of the Foundation and Molly James is Chief Executive Officer. Metropolitan Ministries Foundation will grant up to 5% of its resources to the Ministries every year.

How is the money in the Foundation protected and invested?

Foundation assets are currently invested for long-term growth with Vanguard, the fund manager selected to be the Foundation’s outsourced chief investment officer. Vanguard is an asset manager with over $7 trillion in global assets. The Foundation incurs a fee of 20 basis points for Vanguard’s services.

What are some of the ways I can support the Foundation?

Besides contributing cash or appreciated stock, the Foundation is uniquely equipped to accept all kinds of complex gifts. We can work with you to create gifts through real estate, privately held stock, cryptocurrency, oil and mineral rights, life insurance and retirement plans or other appreciated assets. You may also establish a charitable gift annuity to pay you income for life, and then support the Foundation beyond your lifetime.

Who makes investment decisions for the Foundation?

Metropolitan Ministries’ Investment Committee establishes the investment policy statement and guidelines for the Foundation. As the outsourced chief investment officer, Vanguard makes investments for the Foundation, and reports fund performance to the Investment Committee on a quarterly basis.

Why do gifts from wills and bequests benefit the Foundation?

When you are inspired to include Metropolitan Ministries in your will, you are creating a lasting legacy.  Legacy gifts memorialize your faith, your values and your care for families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in our community. The Foundation assures vulnerable families will always rely on the Ministries’ services and programs, and celebrates you as part of our most cherished group of givers known as the Legacy Society.