Meet Wendy Oliver
Wendy Oliver, Executive Director of VoLo Foundation, is an influential and trusted leader overseeing annual grant making. Committed to the foundation's purpose, she helps her trustees Thais Lopez Vogel and David S. Vogel fulfill their mission to accelerate change and global impact by supporting science-based climate solutions, enhancing education, and improving health. Wendy's exceptional leadership skills have bolstered the foundation's brand and fostered collaborative relationships, yielding outstanding results. Her guiding principle of leaving every place better than she found it reflects her dedication to positive change. VoLo is the foundation of her philanthropic endeavors, and she is highly dedicated to fulfilling her trustees’ commitments to the nonprofits and causes they support.
VOLO FOUNDATION IS A PRIVATE FAMILY ORGANIZATION THAT EXISTS TO ACCELERATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL IMPACT BY SUPPORTING SCIENCE-BASED CLIMATE SOLUTIONS, ENHANCING EDUCATION, AND IMPROVING HEALTH.
VOLO FOUNDATION FOUNDERS
Thais Lopez Vogel and David S. Vogel have maintained a personal philanthropic portfolio for many years, largely consisting of public health and education programs. As they became more informed and noticed evident changes in the environment and climate, they set out to address these pressing environmental and climate issues by funding relevant projects. In 2014, Thais and David formed VoLo Foundation.
What is your involvement with Florida Philanthropic Network? What influenced you to join?
Name one thing you find special about the Florida philanthropic community.
"The Florida philanthropic community's resilience and collaborative spirit in tackling environmental and social issues are truly remarkable. The willingness to come together, pool resources, and innovate solutions is inspiring. This collective dedication to making a difference sets the Florida philanthropic community apart."
Are there any partnerships or collaborations you have found most meaningful to you in the last year?
What's the biggest challenge you've faced with your philanthropic efforts? How have you overcome them?
What fuels your cup- in life and at work?
Can you share one piece of advice you would give to someone considering a career in philanthropy?
"My advice to anyone considering a career in philanthropy would be to stay deeply connected to the cause you're passionate about. Dive into the field with a genuine desire to make a difference and continuously educate yourself by learning from leaders in the field and sharing best practices. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders, remain adaptable, and never underestimate the power of collective efforts in achieving lasting change."