Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

Passing Gear Philanthropy Workshop

Thursday, May 16, 2019 -
9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
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As a funder interested in education issues in Florida, we are excited to invite you to a workshop on ways that Florida’s foundations can use all their forms of capital (not just financial) to address systemic barriers that are holding back the educational progress of too many young people from becoming successful, thriving adults.

MDC, a nonprofit that has been helping communities and institutions in the South close the gaps that separate people from opportunity for 50 years, will introduce our Passing Gear Philanthropy practice as a way of supporting and improving postsecondary student outcomes in the state.

We will be holding a presentation and workshop for foundation leaders—top executives, grant-making staff, trustees, and anyone who might benefit from the opportunity to take a step back to reflect on their grants and goals—on May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

At the workshop we will present ways that foundations can use data (economic, education, demographic, and more) and historical context—what we call “reading reality truthfully”—to look at the state’s talent development systems and see where they are, and aren’t, addressing the needs of those at the bottom of the economic ladder. We’ll then review strong examples of Passing Gear programs with an education focus created by funders in other Southern states that have shown significant results. The session will include contextual learning exercises where participants will choose one or two examples of their own grantmaking, analyze its Passing Gear qualities, and discuss ways they might do more Passing Gear grantmaking.

This is designed to be a small-group session, so participation is limited. Please RSVP at to ensure your spot and to receive further information. If you’d like to learn more, please look at our State of the South report, Philanthropy as the South’s Passing Gear: Fulfilling the Promise, commissioned by the Southeastern Council of Foundations with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among many others, which you can read and download here.


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