The board of directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers announced today the appointment of longtime philanthropy executive David Biemesderfer as the organization’s next president and CEO. He will begin serving in this new role in mid-January 2016.
“David is an innovative leader who has been deeply involved with the work of regional association of grantmakers (RAs) for the past 20 years,” said Marissa Manlove, chair of the Forum’s board of directors and president and CEO of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. “He brings to the Forum a strong understanding of the vital role that regional associations play in the philanthropic sector, a heartfelt commitment to the power of the national RA network to strengthen philanthropy, and a passion for the Forum Network’s potential in the future. The Forum board and staff look forward to the entrepreneurial vision and strategic leadership he will bring to catalyze the full power of the Forum — the largest network serving philanthropy in America.”
Over the next two years the Forum will be refining and putting into action a new vision through an inclusive, collaborative, and co-designed process with current and new partners.
Biemesderfer is currently president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN), a statewide network of philanthropic organizations working to strengthen and grow philanthropy in Florida. He joined FPN, which is a member of the Forum, in 2009 as vice president and has served as FPN’s president & CEO since June 2010. Under David’s leadership, FPN’s membership has grown sevenfold, its budget has grown fourfold and its statewide presence has increased significantly. He has served on the Forum’s board for the past six years, and is the board’s immediate past chair.
“I’m thrilled and honored by the opportunity to lead the Forum,” said Biemesderfer. “Until a few months ago I would have never imagined my career going in this direction. But as the Forum’s new strategic vision began to take shape over the past six months, I realized that I wanted to play a leadership role, if I could, in moving the vision forward. I’m grateful to the Forum board and look forward to our work together as we craft the network's future.”
“David is the right leader at the right time in the Forum’s evolution,” said Kathleen Enright, president & CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). “Through his recent Forum board leadership he has been instrumental in crafting a new vision for the Forum as the nexus for regional and national philanthropy; the place where philanthropy’s infrastructure comes together. GEO is excited to be one of the philanthropic organizations that is collaborating with the Forum on realizing its bold new vision.”
David’s past experience includes working for ten years at the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), another Forum member. He left MCF in 2004 as its vice president of communications and information services. David has also served as a consultant for a variety of foundations and other philanthropic clients in the areas of communications, public policy and accountability.