Summit was outstanding and quite frankly I think
it keeps getting better every year.”
“I love this opportunity to get together
with leaders in philanthropy from across the
state and discuss current trends and best
“Great to connect with
colleagues and get reenergized!”
2015 FPN Summit Recap
Florida Philanthropic Network's 7th annual Statewide Summit
on Philanthropy Jan. 29-30 in Orlando was our largest-ever
annual conference. This year's Summit challenged Florida's
philanthropic community to step up and take part in the next
big conversations for our sector.
Thank you to
everyone who helped us make this a record-setting event.
We kicked off the 2015 Summit with one of our
country’s most revered national and international civil
servants and philanthropic leaders: Ambassador James A. Joseph.
Ambassador Joseph offered 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.
FailFest was back for an
encore! There is universal
recognition about the importance of learning from our
failures, yet rarely do we take advantage of opportunities
to do so. We have all failed at something in our
philanthropic work: Site visits gone awry, disastrous
miscommunication with grantees, evaluations that spiral out
of control, strategic initiatives that lead us to be
un-strategic, and more. We heard from a group of Florida
grantmakers who shared stories of their favorite failures
and how they learned to embrace humility, affirm the value
of taking risks and be honest about learning from mistakes.
Susie Bowie, Director of
Nonprofit Strategy, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Mark Brewer, President &
CEO, Central Florida Foundation
Stacy Carlson, Vice
President & Program Director - Florida Transition Years,
Helios Education Foundation
Eric Kelly, President,
Regional Vice President - Palm Beach, Allegany Franciscan
enjoyed 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, took part in a post-screening discussion.
We engaged in a conversation with
Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director,
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and
William A. Schambra, Director of
Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic
Renewal - both nationally recognized philanthropy
professionals - as they explored how philanthropy can bridge
different ideological perspectives to speak with a strong
collective voice on key policy issues, such as comprehensive
tax reform, and partner to address critical community needs.
2015 Summit closed 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
offered a blueprint for an entirely new way to think
about solving the intractable community problems we confront
in our daily work.
Post-Summit Discussion: The Philanthropy Show
Thank you to The Philanthropy Show for filming on location
at the end of the Summit. The episode that aired March 2, featured Summit highlights by FPN leaders.
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