Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

Strengthening the Funder and Grantee Relationship through Values Alignment

Publication date: 
October, 2016

presented by FPN and EPIP Florida

Jennifer Yeagley, executive director of Community Tampa Bay, and Nick Kouris, regional manager for Florida Blue, partner to share how values alignment and innovative thinking can enhance the nonprofit-foundation relationship. Hear how Nick exercises his role as a community leader to connect Community Tampa Bay to opportunities throughout the region, and discover how foundations and nonprofits can use this model to work together beyond traditional philanthropy.

Nick and Jennifer explored: 

  • How values alignment helps foundations determine strategic long-term fit with grantees
  • Florida Blue Foundation’s process on identifying diversity and inclusion as a core value
  • The unique youth leadership development and diversity education model at Community Tampa Bay
  • Community Tampa Bay’s relevance as a leading provider of cultural competence education and consultation for the Tampa Bay community

Watch the webinar recording below:


Nick Kouris
Florida Blue

Nick Kouris is the West Region Senior Manager of Business Development for Florida Blue. He is based in Tampa’s Westshore business district.  Nick is responsible for building relationships with key businesses, government entities, and local chambers as well as overseeing outreach and partnerships with local community and non-profit organizations on behalf of the Florida Blue Foundation and Community Affairs.

He also forecasts business trends and regional demographics that impact future growth.

Nick received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, and both his M.A. in Educational Psychology and M.B.A. in Organizational Leadership from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California.  He has been with Florida Blue since 2006. His professional background includes training and consulting in diversity, and cross-cultural counseling, clinical work with at-risk youth in residential treatment, and managed and behavioral healthcare. He co-authored a chapter on cross-cultural counseling with Native American populations in an anthology of work titled Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom: Psychological Healing Practices from the World's Religious Traditions (2002). He co-presented a workshop at the Asilomar in Monterrey, CA titled Coyote and Chaos: Native American Modalities of Healing at the Association of Transpersonal Psychology conference in 1998.

Jennifer Yeagley, MA
Community Tampa Bay

Jennifer Yeagley is the executive director of Community Tampa Bay. She joined the team in March 2014, bringing 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership, fundraising and program development. She has led several organizations in Texas, California and Florida in strategic growth, increased visibility and expanded community impact. Prior to Community Tampa Bay, Jenn served as executive director of My New Red Shoes, an organization in the San Francisco Bay Area providing shoes and clothing to homeless and low-income children, where she doubled the organization's budget and number of children served in under three years. In San Francisco, she was also president of the Board of Directors for Development Executives Roundtable (DER) and an Advisory Board member for the Foundation Center. Jenn has a MA in English Literature with a focus on African-American women’s narratives. She is currently co-chair of the Equality Florida Tampa Gala and was recognized with a 2016 Florida Diversity Council LGBT Ally Award. Jenn has been a trainer in the areas of non-profit best practices, fundraising and diversity/inclusion for more than ten years. 

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