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Education Affinity Group

Supporting education issues, organizations and needs in Florida

Florida Philanthropic Network's Education Affinity Group (EAG) is comprised of FPN members who share an interest in supporting education issues, organizations and needs in Florida. EAG offers Florida's education funders a space to learn from each other, work together to improve the state's education outcomes and be a voice for Florida philanthropy on key education policy issues. 

EAG Guiding Statement

The EAG will support a culture of high expectations for all students, in and out of school, from early childhood to postsecondary education, leading to career success.

Meet the EAG Chair, Daryl Houston

In June 2016, FPN announced Daryl Houston as the new Education Affinity Group (EAG) Chair. Daryl is a community investment officer for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, where he manages a diverse portfolio of grants and the foundation's field of interest funds. Daryl also provides training and oversight of the foundation's Resource Library and a number of other initiatives. 

Prior to coming aboard the community foundation, Daryl spent several years with United Way of Palm Beach County, where he served in the capacities of Director of Hands On Palm Beach County and Senior Director of Volunteer Center and Disaster Management. As the Senior Director, he provided oversight of the Volunteer Center’s staff, and the day-to-day operations of its programmatic services.

Daryl currently serves on the board of the Emergency Food Shelter Program (Board Chair), Allegany Franciscan Ministries Grants Committee and the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center’s Green School Recognition Program. He has spent the last 15 years working in the nonprofit sector of Palm Beach County. 

ENGAGE is a toolkit designed for education funders throughout Florida to better understand Florida Standards implementation and discover new ways to support implementation in their grantmaking. The toolkit is broken up into five modules: EAG background, the current situation, needs at the district level, philanthropy’s role and examples of effective district partnerships. 

EAG Funders

The work of FPN's Education Affinity Group is supported in part through the generosity of The Community Foundation for Northeast FloridaCommunity Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin CountiesBill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Helios Education Foundation.


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This position paper details the support of Florida Philanthropic Network, through our Education Funders Affinity Group, for establishing a statewide goal to have 60% of working-age Floridians possess post-secondary degrees or certifications by the year 2025. The paper also outlines FPN's support for related policies that can help achieve this goal.

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Education News

May 04, 2018
Game Changer Village Academy Head Start Students Receive STEAM Lab

Before many of the early education students at Village Academy can understand what an architect or software developer actually does, they will be learning hands-on what the basics entail.

The opportunity to explore a physics playground or the marine sciences is thanks to a recent grant from PNC Bank to add a STEAM Lab.

The opening of the lab was part of a culmination of a two-year grant funded by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great Initiative to enhance preschool education.

April 28, 2018
Takeaways from Tallahassee — Charter school chatter

The Able Trust recently released the results of its statewide annual Jeannie Amendola Speech & Research Competition.

Advancing out of a crop of 30 students from The Able Trust’s High School High-Tech Program are David Campbell of Broward County High School High Tech; Edward Grillo of Community Initiatives High School High Tech; Desiree Padua of Orange County High School High Tech; and Sharon McSwain, Gadsden County High School High Tech.

Current EAG Members

  • The Able Trust
  • Bank of America
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
  • The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
  • Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
  • Community Foundation of Broward
  • Community Foundation of Collier County
  • Conn Memorial Foundation
  • Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation
  • The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation
  • The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation, Inc.
  • Gulf Coast Community Foundation
  • Helios Education Foundation
  • Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Johnson Scholarship Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Quantum Foundation
  • Southwest Florida Community Foundation
  • Wells Fargo