Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, December 06, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Virtual

    Aligning the Public, Private & Philanthropic Sectors for Good

    Learn how Jacksonville Philanthropic and Non-Profit leaders successfully advocated for the launch of the inaugural Office of Strategic Partnerships in the Office of the Mayor.  Mayor Curry was the first Mayor in the Southeast to launch this innovative model and has since demonstrated the return on investment to the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Initial founders and the director will share the lessons learned, the infrastructure developed and the impact of their work together.

    Learning Objective 1

    Participants will learn the specific steps required to develop a municipal Office of Strategic Partnerships including advocacy, fund development, implementation and performance monitoring and impact.

    Learning Objective 2

    Participants will learn the strategies and tactics required to align government priorities with the non-profit, government and private sectors to achieve common goals.  Case examples to be detailed include pandemic response, census, housing/ homelessness response and coordination and community goals framework and financial analysis.

    Attendees will receive packet of resources including related ordinances, partnership models and impact reports.


    Dawn Lockhart was appointed as the inaugural Director of Strategic Partnerships for Mayor Lenny Curry in 2016, where she is responsible for developing a shared agenda between the private sector, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government.  Working across all sectors, Ms. Lockhart develops strategic partnerships to facilitate innovative collaborations and program policy reforms resulting in better outcomes for all citizens. Prior to her appointment, she served on the Mayor-elect's Economic Development Transition Team.

    She previously served as President and CEO of Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc., a 501-c-3, which provides financial and housing counseling, asset building, financial literacy education, and advocacy services to families. During her service, she designed and launched 1000 in 1000 and Wise Money Week.

    Ms. Lockhart currently serves on the Lift Jax Steering Committee, as a Leap of Reason Community Ambassador, as an advisor to the Jacksonville Community Land Trust and is a member of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network.
    Rena Coughlin took the helm as Chief Executive Officer of the Nonprofit Center  in 2006. She has made significant progress as the leading nonprofit sector advocate helping governments, philanthropic organizations, and citizens understand the importance and positive impact of local nonprofits-both in quality of life and financially within the region.

    A proponent of innovation, Rena has championed the Nonprofit Center online fundraising WeGive.org and its community platform, TheNonprofitLink.org.
    Previously Rena led Girls, Inc. of Jacksonville as CEO, providing programs for over 1,800 youth across multiple outreach sites. As Special Projects Manager for Leadership Florida, she managed programs and special projects such as gubernatorial debates for the statewide community building organization. Earlier in her career she spent eight years in Washington D.C. as a legislative aide to Senator Bob Graham working on legislation across a broad spectrum of issues important to Florida constituents. Joining the Peace Corps immediately after graduating from the University of Florida, Rena headed to Liberia, West Africa. Working as a volunteer she helped introduce fish farming as a source of protein and family revenue, raised funds to construct a rural medical clinic, and developed a long-term strategy on behalf of the World Bank for Liberian fresh water aquaculture.
    Katie Ensign serves as Vice President for Placemaking and Administration for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private foundation located in Jacksonville, Florida. The Fund's work focuses on equity and placemaking to create communities of belonging for the people and places that Jessie Ball duPont knew and loved. Katie oversees the Fund's placemaking strategy as well as serving as lead program officer for Jacksonville and Port St. Joe, FL. She also assists the president with administrative duties.

    Prior to joining the Fund in 2010, Katie served as President and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network, and before that, as Vice President of Programs for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Ms. Ensign is a graduate of Executive Leadership Florida. In 2009, she was appointed to the Advisory Council for Economic Security by then-Secretary George Sheldon of the Florida Department of Children and Families.  In 2015, Katie was appointed co-chair of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's Nonprofit/Government Interface Sub-Committee.
    Katie serves on the boards of Feedback Labs and Downtown Vision, Inc. She also serves as a member of the steering committee for Strategic Partnerships for the City of Jacksonville and Lift Jax.
    Sarah Schmidt joined the Office of Mayor Curry in 2019 as the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, where she supports the mayoral priority of aligning the public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors around a shared civic agenda to address complex community issues and leverage opportunities. Her role includes cultivating interdepartmental and cross sector partnerships, developing and implementing strategies as well as managing the City's Nonprofit Gateway to assist local nonprofits better understand how to partner with the City of Jacksonville.

    Prior to working for the City of Jacksonville, Sarah served as the Legislative Assistant for State Representative Jayer Williamson (District 3) in the Florida House of Representatives. She has also worked at the United Way of Escambia County, where she served as the National Service Manager and the Educational Outreach Coordinator.

    This event is Free & open to all staff &
    board of FPN member organizations.

    For programmatic questions, please contact Geula Ferguson.
    For registration issues, please email here.

    • Wednesday, December 07, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Join fellow FPN FHF members for a briefing from Matt Herndon of FPN’s lobby firm RSA Consulting on the outcome of the recent election and what to expect from the Florida Legislative session in 2023. We’ll have time for discussion and some future planning for the direction of the group’s priorities as well.

    Please join us for this enlightening and engaging conversation!

    About the Speaker

    Matt Herndon is a Local Government and Community Affairs Consultant with RSA Consulting Group, a governmental relations firm located in Tampa Bay. In his role at RSA, Matt supports the Florida Philanthropic Network and the Florida Health Funders Affinity Group with their public policy initiatives. His work focuses on a variety of issues at the local and statewide levels. A seasoned legislative staffer with nearly a decade of experience in the Florida Legislature, Matt uses his expertise to help clients successfully navigate the policymaking process. Alongside his service in the Legislature, Matt recently completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security at the University of Central Florida.

    This event is open to all staff and
    board of FPN member organizations.

    For programmatic questions,
    please contact Geula Ferguson.
    For registration issues, please email here.

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Supporting education issues, Organizations & needs in Florida

    Join us as we deep dive into Florida’s new K-12 student assessments, the “Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST)”.  We will learn details of how they’re administered, plans for establishing cut scores (an opportunity for funders to provide input), as well as plans for how results of the assessments will be used (e.g. in school and district grades).  

    During the meeting our lobbyists will also provide insights into this year’s legislative session including leadership’s priorities and education legislation being developed for the 2023 session.  As always, there will be opportunities to get all your questions answered as well as for interaction with fellow education funders.

    Meeting Objectives:

    • Learn about new student assessments structured on B.E.S.T. standards including logistics of testing; cut score establishment; school & district grading, and comparison to prior assessments.  
    • Understand educational legislative priorities and early education bills.
    • Network and discuss 2023 plans for group.

    10:00 AM - Welcome, Introductions & Announcements
    Jesse Coraggio, EAG Chair; Senior Vice Pres., Community Impact, Community Foundation Tampa Bay; Ashley Dietz, President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network 
    10:15 AM -  Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) Overview
    Matt Herndon, Local Government & Community Affairs Consultant, RSA Consulting Group
    11:00 AM - 2023 Education Bills and Legislative Analysis
    Natalie King, Vice President/COO, RSA Consulting Group
    11:35 AM - Discussion / Networking
    Jesse Coraggio facilitates
    12:00 PM - Adjourn 

    EAG meetings are free for all FPN members. Registration is required.

    • Thursday, January 19, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Friday, January 20, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, Fl. 32789

    Join us at the wonderful Alfond Inn for our first in-person Community Foundations of Florida meeting in over three years on January 19th & 20th, 2023!

    Open to CEO’s and up to two of your trustees, we hope you will attend to enjoy some networking with your CFF colleagues, learn from engaging speakers and assist CFF Leadership as we plan for upcoming programs.
    Registration for the meeting is $750, which includes your CEO and up to two trustees. Sleep rooms can be reserved at the negotiated rate of $269 each.

    Join an informal Dutch-treat lunch on the 19th as well as a networking reception and dinner later that evening.

    We'll be sharing the agenda in the coming weeks, stay tuned!


    To make your reservations at The Alfond Inn please click here and use the Group Code FPN0123 to receive the discounted group rate. Reservations must be made by December 19, 2022.

    • Wednesday, February 01, 2023
    • Friday, February 03, 2023
    • JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, Orlando

    Join your FPN colleagues for the 2023 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, February 1-3, 2023, once again at the fabulous JW Marriott Bonnet Creek, Orlando.

    Be a Statewide Summit on Philanthropy Sponsor

    Increase brand recognition through Summit communications before, during and after the event to more than 250 professionals from the charitable sector expected to attend!

    Learn more about Sponsorship

    We look forward to seeing you in person in 2023!

    • Wednesday, February 01, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • Friday, February 03, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • JW Marriott, Orlando Bonnett Creek

    FPN's Statewide Summit on Philanthropy is the only gathering of its kind in Florida, bringing independent sector leaders from throughout the state to engage in candid conversations with each other and speakers from around the country to learn, be inspired, and grow. Our hope is that the conversations and connections continue long after this gathering, leading to collaboration and innovation across the sector.

    Targeted Exposure
    Gain targeted exposure and showcase the value of your organization and/or services to key leaders in Florida grantmaking organizations through Summit promotions. Increase brand recognition through Summit communications before, during and after the event.

    Who attend the Summit?
    More than 250 professionals from the charitable sector are expected to attend FPN's 2023 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.


Past events

Thursday, November 03, 2022 A Roadmap for Resilient Housing for Philanthropy in Florida
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 Valuing Quality Credentials for Student Success
Thursday, October 27, 2022 Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Florida Health Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Education Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 04, 2022 Hurricane Ian: Responding to a catastrophic storm
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Funders Roundtable: Tampa Bay
Thursday, September 15, 2022 Counting on the Census: Civic Infrastructure, Civic Advance and the Role of Philanthropy
Thursday, September 08, 2022 Community Foundation Boot Camp
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 Demographic Data for Businesses & the Census
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 Education Affinity Group & Florida Health Funders Special Meeting
Thursday, July 14, 2022 Much Alarm, Less Action: Foundations and Climate Change
Monday, June 27, 2022 Teacher Recruitment & Retention
Monday, June 27, 2022 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 Education Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 A Transformational Tool to Help Drive Change- The US Prosperity Index
Thursday, May 19, 2022 Deep Dive: Why Does Listening Matter?
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 GMAG Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Improving the Scholarship Recipient/Donor Experience
Friday, April 22, 2022 Florida PEAK Chapter Session: Champions of Storytelling
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 State Policy, Budget, and Revenue Outlook
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Education Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 GMAG Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 2022 Budget and Tax Briefing
Friday, April 01, 2022 Engaging Retirees in Civic Life
Thursday, March 24, 2022 Health Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Monday, March 21, 2022 Florida's Non-Profit Data Report 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022 RSA LobbyTalk Live
Tuesday, March 08, 2022 GMAG Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 Sponsorship of the Statewide Summit on Philanthropy 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy 2022
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 GMAG Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 Florida Best Practices in Accelerated Learning to Address COVID Learning Loss
Thursday, December 09, 2021 Look Ahead to 2022 Florida Legislative Session
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 Education Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Investing in Change
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Hearing Student Voices in Scholarship Programs
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 State/Local Strategies for a Stronger American Community Survey & Census
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Philanthropy and Florida’s Environment
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Education Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 FPN 101
Thursday, September 30, 2021 Florida Health Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Connecting Policy Advocacy & Grassroots Organizing to Improve Economic Security
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Barriers to Economic Mobility for Low-Income Working Families with Young Children
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Education Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Education Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 Civic Participation Webinar
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Florida Health Funders Affinity Group Meeting
Thursday, May 13, 2021 Corporate Member Webinar: Corporate Disaster Philanthropy
Monday, May 03, 2021 Overlooked, Underserved & Missing
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Fair Redistricting Funder Briefing
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Budget Priorities and Policy Impact
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Corporate Member Webinar: The Shifting Landscape of Corporate Social Responsibility
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Mental Health and K-12 Education: Impact, Ideas, and Opportunities
Friday, April 09, 2021 Funder Convening: Vaccine Equity, Trusted Messengers & Civic Infrastructure
Thursday, April 08, 2021 Budget Watch Party
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Foundations on the Hill
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Foundations on the Hill
Monday, March 08, 2021 FPN/FWFA Research to Action Briefing
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 Pressing Policy Priorities in Florida: A conversation with The Pew Charitable Trusts
Monday, February 22, 2021 Education Insights: Addressing the Digital Divide
Friday, February 12, 2021 Education Insights: A Preview of the 2021 Legislative Session
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy
Thursday, January 28, 2021 Foundations on the Hill – UPF Welcome Training

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