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Wanda J. Willis To Join The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Executive Team

As VP, Civic Leadership, Willis will lead key strategic initiatives to enhance the Foundation’s impact

 JACKSONVILLE, Florida – March 17, 2022  Wanda J. Willis, M.A. has been selected for the newly-created position of Vice President, Civic Leadership for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.  Willis has a long, local career in development and community leadership, most recently as Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion for the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions at Edward Waters College (now University) including Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement. She was also the Director of Development for Major Gifts for Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Foundation.  When she joins The Community Foundation on April 19, she will be part of the executive team, with primary responsibilities for the organization’s current and prospective civic leadership initiatives.

“Our recently completed strategic plan compels us to be a more visible, active catalyst for solutions, and Wanda’s addition to our team will greatly enhance our ability to do that,” noted Foundation President Nina Waters.  “Her successful track record of community outreach will help us identify important opportunities and build coalitions that can improve the quality of life for all Northeast Florida.”

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Community Foundation of Collier County Welcomes New CFO

Naples, FL (July 1, 2021) – The Community Foundation of Collier County has welcomed Wendy Ponting to their team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Her primary role will be to provide executive leadership, vision, and strategic oversight for the Foundation's overall operating, financial, and administrative activities. She will also offer investment management oversight and work actively with the Investment Committee to develop investment policy and asset allocation.

Ponting is new to Naples and spent 23 years with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, starting in 1998 as an accountant and advancing to Vice President of Finance and Controller. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Management in 2005.

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Appoints Director of Organizational Capacity
Lisa Carter will lead employee development, technology, and organizational culture   

May 18, 2021

SARASOTA, FL – With a growing staff of 32 members, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has created a new role – Director of Organizational Capacity – to plan, direct, and provide oversight for its team member and office resources. Lisa Carter, MS, will spearhead these efforts by building relationships with staff to identify needs and development opportunities, overseeing recruitment and outreach, managing technology and other facility services, as well as cultivating and maintaining a culture based upon diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Florida Humanities welcomes new Executive Director, Dr. Nashid Madyun

May 17, 2021

Florida Humanities is thrilled to welcome Dr. Nashid Madyun as our new Executive Director! With more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Madyun brings a life-long passion for the humanities to his new role in leading our organization

Read more about Dr. Nashid Madyun here.


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