APRIL Member Spotlight

Meet Tim Cromwell
Senior Director of Financial Operations
Florida Blue

Tim Cromwell serves as the Senior Director of Financial Operations for the Florida Blue Foundation and Florida Blue’s Public Affairs and Community Engagement division. A Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant, Tim began his career at KPMG, LLP and spent 15 years with the PGA TOUR in various finance roles prior to joining Florida Blue in 2016. In addition to his role as Treasurer of the FPN Board, Tim currently serves as Treasurer for The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville and as a mentor for The First Tee youth development program.


What is your involvement with Florida Philanthropic Network? What influenced you to join?

"The Florida Blue Foundation has been a member of FPN since inception and our Executive Director, Susan Towler, served as board chair from 2015 – 2016. In late 2018, Susan and I were discussing an opening on the FPN Board and the Board’s desire to add someone with a financial background. Already having some knowledge of FPN’s impressive work in the Philanthropic sector, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to serve."

    Name one thing you find special about the Florida philanthropic community.

    "The sharing of knowledge and experiences among industry experts within the philanthropic community is incredibly special and rewarding. It is always exciting to experience so many knowledgeable and caring individuals working together to benefit communities throughout the entire State of Florida."

    Are there any partnerships or collaborations you have found most meaningful to you in the last year?

    "FPN has provided numerous opportunities throughout my tenure on the Board. However, the networking and educational opportunities during the annual Summit are always a highlight to my year and I walk away with increased knowledge of current topics in the philanthropic community as well as new professional connections and personal friendships."

    What's the biggest challenge you've faced with your philanthropic efforts? How have you overcome them?

    "The biggest challenge that I think the entire philanthropic sector faces is the growing needs within our communities which are placing increased demands on our philanthropic partners, and the challenges cannot be resolved with money alone. As often stated in philanthropic discussions, it is about the “4 Ts” – Treasure, Time, Talent, and Ties. I believe that the collective T’s can help our communities in need with proper collaboration which is why FPN’s work is so critical to our State and so important to me personally."

    What fuels your cup – in life and at work?

    "My family – I have an amazing wife of 30+ years, two wonderful children in their 20s who are focused on building their lives and careers while striving to give back to their communities, and I am the proud “Pop” of our first grandchild who will be 1 year old next month. I am also thankful to work for a mission-based company working to help people and communities achieve better health, and with incredibly talented people who keep me genuinely excited to get to work each day."

    Can you share one piece of advice you would give to someone considering a career in philanthropy?

    "My advice would be to remember that one person cannot change the world. I have always liked a quote by Vince Lombardi – “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” So, my advice would be to find a group of individuals who share a common mission and commit to that group effort while remaining open minded to different opinions and learn from others who bring their unique individual life experiences to the team."

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