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, Braulio Colón, Vice President, Florida Student Success Initiatives
In February 2019, FPN announced Braulio Colón as the new Education Affinity Group (EAG) Chair. Braulio is Vice President for Florida Student Success Initiatives for the Helios Education Foundation.
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.
The work of FPN's Education Affinity Group is supported in part through the generosity of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Helios Education Foundation.
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.
The Vice President of the Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Committee is working to raise more money for scholarship funds that are specifically for black students, such as the Helios Education Foundation grant.
Monthly developmental and leadership courses for nonprofits from the Edyth Bush Institute are on tap for Ocala.
The Johnson Scholarship Foundation has named entrepreneur Robert A. Krause the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1.
Current EAG Members
- The Able Trust
- Bank of America
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
- Central Florida 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
- Gulf Power Company
- Gulf Power 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