According to Giving USA, 11.6 percent ($16.4 billion) of all gifts made to charity in 2020 went to support the environment or animals. A substantial amount of these contributions were made to charitable organizations in Florida working to protect, preserve or restore Florida’s precious land, waters and endangered species. However, Florida’s nonprofit sector is not the only champion of Florida’s environment. Government and the private sector are also heavily involved in creating a future for Florida’s environment that can be sustained for generations to come.
This CFF CEO Zoom Conference is designed to provide a current data and information about the state of Florida’s environment, as well as a straightforward perspective from two experts about the role philanthropy can play in making a meaningful impact in our state’s future.
About the Panelists
Temperince Morgan is Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Florida Chapter. Ms. Morgan will provide an overview of philanthropy’s overall impact on Florida’s environment, an orientation to helpful educational resources to inform community foundations and their clients, and an introduction to The Nature Conservancy of Florida’s current $100 million “Our Florida: Our World” campaign.
Don Ross is Chairman of the Board of EarthBalance, President of the Florida Association of Mitigation Bankers, President of the Ecological Restoration Business Association and partner at Sandy Creek Partners. Mr. Ross will provide an introduction to Florida’s mitigation banking industry and share information about a timely development that could provide opportunities for community foundations to manage long-term mitigation endowments to support Florida’s environment.
Seth McKeel is Managing Partner of The Southern Group’s Tampa Bay Office, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. Mr. McKeel will provide a brief introduction to the advocacy and lobbying process in Tallahassee, and use today’s subject of philanthropy and the environment to offer context for how to succeed in advocacy efforts on a statewide level on this issue or others that might be shared among Community Foundations of Florida members.
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