Building Philanthropy to Build a Better Florida

Letter From the Board Chair: David Biemesderfer to Take National Position

November 16, 2015

Dear Florida Philanthropic Network Members,

On behalf of the Florida Philanthropic Network board of directors, I wanted to let you know that FPN’s current president and CEO, David Biemesderfer, has accepted the position of president and CEO of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in Washington, DC. His last day at FPN will be December 31, 2015.

We of course have mixed emotions -- we are sad to see David go, but we are so proud of his accomplishments and this opportunity to bring a Florida leader to the national level at the Forum, which is the largest network serving philanthropy in America. FPN is a member of the Forum, so we will still be able to benefit from David’s work and leadership.

David joined FPN six years ago as vice president and has served as FPN’s president and CEO since June 2010. During his tenure, FPN achieved unprecedented organizational growth and impact throughout Florida. David also brought a much higher level of national exposure to the work of FPN and the philanthropic sector in Florida, which increased FPN’s capacity to engage in strategic partnerships with key national groups and funders.

Under David’s leadership, FPN accomplished a number of milestones in our organizational history that the board is extremely proud of and grateful for – for example, we grew from 17 members to nearly 120 members today. We’ve become a much stronger voice for Florida philanthropy on policy issues, and provide a full slate of educational programming and affinity groups for members to learn, connect and network with each other. We have a great team of professionals working on our FPN staff who are there to meet your needs.

In fact, there are two major upcoming events that we hope you will join us for and experience the power and collaboration of our sector. Florida’s first Philanthropy Day will be December 1-2, 2015 in Tallahassee. Our annual summit is in St. Petersburg on February 25-26, 2016. Please visit the FPN calendar to register for both of these activities, and to explore other ways to stay engaged with FPN. We look forward to seeing you.

FPN’s board of directors will begin work right away to identify the organization’s next president and CEO. We will keep you informed throughout the process. You can rest assured that FPN’s board and staff will work to ensure a smooth transition with no disruption in service delivery to our members or in commitment to our mission.

The board of directors wants to thank David for the strong groundwork that he’s laid for FPN’s future. FPN’s financial health is strong and our operations are solid. We look forward with great anticipation to where FPN will go in the next phase of our evolution to build philanthropy to build a better Florida.

Susan Towler
Chair, Florida Philanthropic Network Board of Directors
Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation

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