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Philanthropic Network's 2016 Statewide Summit on
Florida is a relatively young state that has grown rapidly in recent years, and with that growth has come rising community needs that have sometimes outpaced our state’s capacity to respond effectively. Despite its youth, Florida has a history of philanthropic innovation and nonprofit success. FPN’s 2016 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy will feature sessions where we can learn what’s worked to solve critical community problems, as well as hear about new practices and concepts to advance our philanthropic work. The Summit’s nationally known keynote speakers will both highlight important lessons from the past and inspire new thinking for the future. There could be no better setting for FPN’s 2016 Summit than downtown St. Petersburg – a city that is succeeding by both honoring its historic roots and embracing the future with innovation and vigor.
kick off the 2016 Summit we'll hear from CNN correspondent
and author Van Jones. Jones is the
president and co-founder of Dream Corps,
which promotes innovative policy solutions for social and
environmental justice. A Yale-educated attorney, he has written two New York Times Bestsellers:
The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and
Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. In 2009,
Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House,
where he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
Florida is the third-largest state and in many ways
represents a microcosm of the country, it doesn’t seem to
attract levels of national philanthropic investment that
reflect its importance. At the Plenary Panel: Strengthening Local-National Funder Partnerships
in Florida you will hear from a panel of national
about working in Florida and their ideas on how Florida can strengthen and grow local-national funder partnerships.
Moderator: Diane Kaplan,
President & CEO, Rasmuson Foundation (top right)
Panel Members: Josh Edelman, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Michelle Larkin, JD, MS, RN,
Interim Vice President, Program Portfolios, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (bottom right) Miriam Shark,
Director, Philanthropy, Annie E. Casey Foundation
While it’s important to honor our philanthropic past in Florida, it’s also important to learn from history so that we can inspire even more effective philanthropy in the future. In his 2012 book
Toxic Charity, Robert Lupton revealed the truth about modern charity programs meant to help the poor and disenfranchised. While charity makes donors feel better, he argued, it often hurts those it seeks to help. In his 2015 book
Charity Detox, Lupton outlines how to structure programs that actually improve the quality of life of the poor and disenfranchised. He introduces many strategies that are revolutionizing what we do with our charity dollars and offers numerous examples of organizations that have successfully adopted these groundbreaking new models. Lupton will leave Summit participants inspired to continue doing our best philanthropic work to improve the health, vitality and well-being of Florida communities.
do we create vibrant, livable cities, and what is
philanthropy’s role in making that happen? In our breakfast plenary session we’ll hear from
international expert and St. Petersburg resident. Kageyama
will describe the emotional connections that we have with
some places versus others and the benefits that accrue to
communities that are able to tap into that emotional
wellspring to create lovable and emotionally engaging
cities. We’ll also hear the story of the dramatic
transformation of downtown St. Petersburg from
Petersburg Art Walk Sponsored by Wells
Fargo Take an evening stroll through downtown St. Petersburg and enjoy food and networking with other attendees
while taking in three great local art museums: Museum of Fine Arts, Chihuly Collection and Salvador Dalí Museum.
You'll learn from national and state funders about how
critical community issues in Florida such as improving
post-secondary success, ending chronic homelessness,
addressing the needs of Florida's immigrants, strengthening
community collaborations and much more. Our
interactive sessions with experts
will do deep dives on philanthropic practice including
evaluating our investments, advancing advocacy strategies,
building grantee communications and developing promising
models for community solutions.
have numerous opportunities to network and interact with
your colleagues, including an opening night reception, extended
and pre-Summit affinity group
meetings for grantmakers on grants
management, education and health care funding, corporate
giving, homelessness, communications and women & girls
funding. Plus a Tax & Legal Update.
The Summit features two special pre-Summit
dinners: a CEO & Board Dialogue &
Phil Buchanan, President & CEO of
the Center for Effective Philanthropy; and an
Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Dinner with
Founder & CEO of BMe Community, Inc.
FPN is partnering with Volunteer Florida to inspire the future for Florida's youth through the Bring A Book initiative. Volunteer Florida will collect books at FPN's 2016 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. Summit attendees are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used elementary school level book for donation. Books will be distributed to students at local elementary schools, who will get to take a book home and begin building their own library.