Thursday, February 20, 2014
Florida Philanthropic Network’s recent sixth annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy was their largest and most successful annual conference yet. Watch the video below for the highlights!
Marked by several new events, FPN’s conference featured the first Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy dinner, featuring Rahsaan Harris of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. FPN also introduced their first FailFest, a high-energy session for celebrating failure as a mark of innovation, risk-taking and learning. Five presenters told humorous, yet touching stories of failures they had made in their work and shared how they learned from the experience.
During the opening session, Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Jacob Harold, President & CEO, GuideStar; John Kobara, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation; and Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President, Annie E. Casey Foundationeach spoke briefly on the theme of game changers, presenting a wide range of ideas and thoughts. Following this session, participants could choose to attend a follow-up discussion with one of the four presenters.
Another new feature at the conference was the live dinner theatre performance, starring nationally accomplished and Jacksonville-based Al Letson. He performed a one-man play, Summer in Sanctuary, a funny and inspiring account of his experience working at a camp in an economically challenged neighborhood.
Not only did this summit mark a record number of participants, but it also raised a record level of sponsorship and exhibitor revenue, up 10% from last year.
Congratulations to the Florida Philanthropic Network’s staff on their success!