Building Philanthropy to Build a Better Florida

#2018FPN 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (All day) to Friday, January 26, 2018 (All day)
Coral Gables, FL
The Biltmore Hotel, Miami-Coral Gables
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What drives you?

Florida is a cultural crossroad, serving as both a microcosm and macrocosm of issues that play out in the national landscape and affect our nearly 21 million residents in small towns, metropolitan communities, rural villages and coastal cities. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to philanthropy, our grantmakers share the ingenuity and drive to help improve quality of life for all Floridians.

Connect with your grantmaking colleagues and experts from around the country at the 2018 FPN Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. Join us in discussing motivations and strategies that affirm our resolve to serve Florida communities – the why we do what we do and the how we do it – ensuring impactful growth and an energized future for philanthropy.

On January 25-26, 2018, Florida’s philanthropic leaders and grantmaking professionals will gather at the Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables to celebrate Florida Philanthropic Network’s 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

Join Florida grantmakers as we answer the question, "What drives you?"

Featured & Plenary Session Speakers

Ann Christiano

Ann Christiano is the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications. Her role is to develop a curriculum in the newly-emerging discipline of public interest communications, which uses the tools of public relations and journalism to create positive social change.

Before joining the University of Florida, she directed communications for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations portfolio. This portfolio creates new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts and grows–in our homes, schools and jobs. The social innovations the portfolio supports work in the domains of education, housing or corrections, but always address health needs of people who are vulnerable. As part of her work, Christiano oversaw communications strategies for programs like the Greenhouse project, which is a radical reinvention of the traditional long term care model, and CeaseFire, which uses a public health approach to reduce gun violence in America’s most violent neighborhoods. Earlier in her career at RWJF she developed a robust government relations program that helped Foundation grantees build productive relationships with their elected officials and significantly increased the Foundation’s profile among Washington policy-makers. She has also worked with the Washington Business Group on Health, now the National Business group on Health. 

Early in her career, Ann had the privilege to work directly with Frank Karel, and benefited from his extraordinary vision for the field of philanthropic and public interest communications.

See what drives Ann on the Driven main stage during Fuel on the Fire of Change, the #2018FPN opening luncheon sponsored by Bank of America, Thursday, January 25, 11:30 a.m. 

David Hassler
David Hassler is the author of two books of poems, including Red Kimono, Yellow Barn, for which he was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year 2006. He is the author of several nonfiction books as well, most recently the play, May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970 based on the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project (The Kent State University Press, 2013). With photographer Gary Harwood, he is the author of Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community, which received the Ohioana Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Honor Book Award, and was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award. He is coeditor of two anthologies by the University of Iowa Press, Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School and After the Bell: Contemporary American Prose about School, as well as A Place to Grow: Voices and Images of Urban Gardeners. He received a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, DoubleTake/Points of Entry, Indiana Review, and other journals. He speaks widely at state and national conferences on issues of poetry and education.

See what drives David on the Driven main stage during Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders sponsored by Knight Foundation, Thursday, January 25, 4:30 p.m.  

Alberto Ibargüen
Alberto Ibargüen is president, CEO and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory and was the Peace Corps Programming and Training Officer in Colombia, based in Bogotá. After law school, he practiced law in Hartford, Conn., until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in New York, before moving to Miami.

He is a former board chair of PBS of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. He also chaired the board of the World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners­-Lee to promote a free and universal Web. Over time, he has served on the boards of other arts, education and journalism organizations, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wesleyan University and Smith College the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee to Protect Journalists and ProPublica and the Secretary of State’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board. Ibargüen is a member of the board of American Airlines. Previously he served on the boards of PepsiCo, AOL and Norwegian Cruise Lines and on the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Media Lab. For his work to protect journalists in Latin America, Ibargüen received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University. Wesleyan University, The George Washington University, University of Miami, Mercer University, the University of Nebraska, Arizona State University and Stephens College have awarded him honorary degrees.

See what drives Alberto on the Driven main stage during Trust, Media and Democracy sponsored by Peacock Foundation, Inc., Friday, January 26, 8 a.m.  

Daranee Petsod

Daranee Petsod has led GCIR since 1999 and has worked on immigration and social and economic justice issues since 1987. As president of GCIR, she develops and leads new areas of work, in addition to providing programmatic, fiscal, and administrative oversight. Prior to joining GCIR, Daranee was a program and communications consultant for foundations and nonprofits. She previously held leadership positions at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and was a program officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois, Inc. and the Sophia Fund, one of the first women’s funds in the United States. She has served on the boards of the Donors Forum and the Heartland Alliance, both in Chicago, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Washington, D.C.

Daranee has authored and co-authored numerous research reports on a range of immigration issues, as well as opinion pieces on the role of philanthropy in supporting immigration and immigrant integration issues. Daranee earned an M.A. in social policy from the University of Chicago and is a recipient of the 2014 Professional Development Fellowship from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. When not immersed in immigration and philanthropy, she enjoys the great outdoors, savoring gourmet meals, and traveling the world with her family.

See what drives Daranee on the Driven main stage during Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders sponsored by Knight Foundation, Thursday, January 25, 4:30 p.m. 

Craig Pittman
Award-winning author of "Oh, Florida!" "The Scent of Scandal" and "Manatee Insanity," and co-author of "Paving Paradise."

See what drives Craig during Cocktails & Conversations: Oh, Florida! sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m.  

Aaron Sharockman
Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact. Aaron oversees PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue, assists in our journalistic mission, manages our state partnerships and lead efforts to develop new products for PolitiFact users. He also helps coordinate some of our special products, including our debate coverage and presidential promise tracker. Aaron has been with PolitiFact since 2010 and served most recently as the editor of PunditFact, a website dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows. Aaron is a 2016-17 Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri and co-teaches a class on political fact-checking at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Aaron graduated from Indiana University.

See what drives Aaron during CEO & BOard Dinner & Dialogue: For Facts Sake, Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m.


Early Bird Pricing ends Friday, December 15, 2017.

Summit Registration    

Full Summit / FPN Member

$435 $485

Full Summit / Nonmember

$625 $695

Thursday Only / FPN Member

$330 $380

Thursday Only / Nonmember

$475 $525

Friday Only / Member

$295 $345

Friday Only / Nonmember

$425 $475
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