Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

2020 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy

The logo for FPN's 2020 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, which features a maritime charting tool on in a box on a green background on the left, with the theme of the conference, Charting a Course for the Future, on the right in blue letter.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (All day) to Friday, February 14, 2020 (All day)
Orlando, FL
Waldorf Astoria, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln
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Charting a Course for the Future
February 12–14, 2020 | Waldorf Astoria, Orlando

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Over the past twenty years, FPN has marshalled a statewide community of philanthropic leaders in a collective effort to build a stronger Florida through strategic partnerships, knowledge sharing, and policy. As a network, we have explored critical issues, determined community priorities, and worked towards a shared goal to strengthen philanthropy in the sunshine state. As we celebrate this important milestone, we can reflect on your impact that has positioned Florida at the forefront of the philanthropic sector. We can also begin to chart the course for the next 20 years.

So often when we are called to look towards the future, we are faced with a myriad of complexities and questions that make the future seem unattainable. What will the philanthropic landscape look like for the next two decades? How can we empower ourselves as change agents to shape the future of Florida? It is through the Summit that we can come together and take action. With shifting mindsets and evolving practices in our work, we can create sustainable and vibrant communities and amplify the voices of rising leaders who can move philanthropy forward. We can all create a bright future for philanthropy in Florida.



There is no other statewide gathering of philanthropic leaders in Florida. Over the course of three days, summit attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet and network with peers and benefit from inspiring discussions led by nationally acclaimed speakers and thought leaders. By participating in the Summit, you will be equipped with the necessary tools to navigate the current of change. Your participation enables you to see what is best for the sector - to plan and act to implement the future of philanthropy in Florida.

For a full schedule, visit our external conference site.



More than 250 professionals from the charitable sector are expected to attend FPN’s 2020 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. More than 90% of participants are from grantmaking organizations, including CEOs, board members and staffs of private independent and family foundations, community foundations, public charity grantmakers and corporate foundations/giving programs from throughout Florida. Top government, nonprofit, business and academic leaders from Florida are also invited.

Thanks to our sponsors for making #2020FPN possible!



Waldorf Astoria, Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln
Orlando, FL 32821     

Group Room Rate: $279.00 and up

For full details, visit our external conference site.

Reserve a Room Now!

Hotel Room Block Deadline: January 17, 2020*
*Rooms may sell out before the deadline. Please book pre- and post-conference nights early if you wish to enjoy the resort before or after the conference.



Since a vital role of Florida Philanthropic Network is to provide an opportunity for grantmakers to meet in a collegial and respectful atmosphere, it is not appropriate to solicit donations at FPN programs, events and other functions. Collaborative grantmaking is encouraged. Organizations that have a dual grantmaking and grantseeking role agree that their development staff will not utilize FPN activities or resources for fundraising/development purposes.



Pre-Summit Meeting
CFF Meeting Trustees and CEO Convening $700*      
*Includes registration for up to 4 participants: CEO and Three Trustees        
Summit Registration Fees
  Early Rate Regular Rate Early Rate Regular Rate
  by January 10 after January 10 by January 10 after January 10
Full Summit Registration $495 $545 $825 $895
One Day Registration
Thursday or Friday
$400 $450 $625 $725
Optional Summit Dinner Events
CEO & Board Dinner & Dialogue $160   $225  
Philanthropy Welcome Dinner $95   $115  




Please submit cancellation requests via the registration system or e-mail to Cancellations received by 5:00 PM on January 10, 2020, will be refunded less a $75 cancellation fee.  Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations received after January 10, 2020



You may substitute one attendee for another at any time without penalty. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for “no shows,” however, substitutions are welcome without penalty. Please contact AK Consulting Group if you wish to make a substitution.

If paying by check, make checks payable to Florida Philanthropic Network and mail payment to:
Florida Philanthropic Network
5421 Beaumont Center Blvd., Ste #655
Tampa, FL  33634

Please note, if paying by credit card- your credit card statement will reflect a payment to AK Conference Registration, our meeting planner.



Visit our external conference site to see a full list of speakers and their biographies.


Thanks to the generosity of our Sponsors, FPN is offering two scholarships to allow emerging leaders in Florida philanthropy to attend its the Summit. The scholarship will cover a scholarship recipient’s registration fee and attendance at the Philanthropy Leadership Dinner (scholarship recipients will be responsible for meals outside the Summit, transportation and lodging). 

To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must:

  • have worked in philanthropy (in Florida or elsewhere) for less than five years;
  • work for a grantmaking organization that is a member of FPN;
  • and be able to demonstrate financial need and leadership activities in the philanthropic sector. 

Please reivew the application for more details. Applications must be submitted no later than January 6, 2020 to Geula Ferguson (







Summit Planning Committee Members


John Annis, Chair
Senior Vice President for Collaboration and Impact
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
Office: 941-733-9513

Melanie Cianciotto
First Vice President, Foundations and Endowments
Specialty Practice

Office: 407-237-4485
Erin Baird
Director of Grants
Allegany Franciscan Ministries
Office: 727-507-9668
Lisa Davis
Manager, Corporate Philanthropy
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Office: 954-949-3679
Teri Hansen
President and CEO
Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
Work Cell: 941-223-1755
Patrick Morris
Community Affairs Officer South Florida
Wells Fargo Bank
Office: 904-351-7232
Brittany Timmons
Director of Community Strategies and Initiatives
Community Foundation of South Lake County
Office: 352-988-6637



FPN Staff & Consultants


  Robert (Bob) McFalls
President & CEO
Florida Philanthropic Network
Office: 813-983-7396
Cell: 561-951-7879

Geula Ferguson
Director of Programs
Florida Philanthropic Network


Cynthia Crank
Office Manager
Florida Philanthropic Network
Office: 813-983-7399
Amy Karimipour
AK Consulting Group
Office: 850-523-4200
Annette Kariko
Vice President
AK Consulting Group
Office: 252-347-1402
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