provoking information and presentations.”
“This is by far one of the best conferences
I attend all year. Great speakers and
opportunities to meet and network with a large
cross-section of people in the field. The
evening events are always very fun and
informative. I look forward to the Summit every
“I think the quality of the Summit
has continued to improve each year.”
Join us for Florida Philanthropic
Network's 2015 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.
The event is the one time each year when people involved in
Florida philanthropy gather together in one place to share
what we're learning; discuss key issues for Florida's
health, vitality and well-being; and hear from key state and
national thought leaders. We'll get the latest thinking on how
to manage the many tensions inherent in our work so that we
can maximize the impact of our philanthropy, with access to
high-level experts, exposure to new approaches and tools,
and deep dives on critical community issues.
kick off the 2015 Summit we'll hear from one of our
country’s most revered national and international civil
servants and philanthropic leaders: Ambassador James A. Joseph.
Ambassador Joseph will draw on his vast global experience,
over many decades, to offer insights on how today’s
grantmakers can address the growing challenges
we face as we seek to improve our communities and our state
and make a difference in our work.
2015 Summit closes on a provocative note with keynote
speaker Stephen J. Dubner,
co-author of the New York Times best-sellers
Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and 2014’s
Think Like a Freak. With his trademark blend of
captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, Dubner
will offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to think
about solving the intractable community problems we confront
in our daily work.
The 2014 FailFest
was one of the most highly rated sessions at any FPN Summit,
so we’re pleased to bring it back for an encore in 2015
- FailFest 2.0! Hear from a group of
Florida grantmakers who will share stories of their favorite
failures and how they learned to embrace humility, affirm
the value of taking risks and be honest about learning from
dinner and a movie with a screening and discussion of Deep City: Birth of the Miami Sound.
The 2014 documentary takes us back to when South
Florida was the hotbed of soul, funk, rhythm and blues.
Co-producer and co-director
Dennis Scholl, Vice President of
the Arts for the John S. and James L. Knight
Foundation, will lead a post-screening discussion.
Engage in a conversation with
Aaron Dorfman of the
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and
William A. Schambra of the
Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy
and Civic Renewal, as they explore how philanthropy
can bridge different ideological perspectives to
speak with a strong collective voice on key policy
issues and partner to address critical community
You'll learn from national and state funders about how
critical community issues in Florida such as improving
post-secondary success, ending chronic homelessness,
supporting transitioning veterans, improving the workforce
skills gap and much more. Our
interactive sessions with experts
will do deep dives on key philanthropic practices including
evaluating our investments, using communications for social
change, using data more effectively,
impact investing and successful corporate citizenship.
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 & communications. Plus a Public Policy Roundtable
Breakfast and Tax & Legal Update.
The Summit features two special pre-Summit
dinners: a CEO & Board Dialogue &
Phil Buchanan, President of
the Center for Effective Philanthropy; and an
Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Dinner with
Vice President of Philanthropy for American