Southwest Florida’s Giving Challenge Was One for the Record Books

I’m not sure what’s in the water in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, but we need to bottle it up and spread it around. Late last month the region set a new philanthropic record when four FPN members – Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation – came together to put on the 36-Hour Giving Challenge. This first-of-its-kind online fundraising event in Southwest Florida raised a staggering $2,401,601 through 10,705 gifts in just one and a half days, breaking a record for this type of event previously held by San Diego – a city with a population more than eight times that of Sarasota.

Watching the Giving Challenge unfold, I came away with a number of key lessons and observations for our state’s philanthropy and nonprofit field: Continue reading

Five FPN Members Among “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for 2012

We’re pleased to announce that five corporate members of Florida Philanthropic Network have been recognized on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 12th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, known as the world’s top corporate responsibility ranking based on publicly available information: The Mosaic Company, Walt Disney Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo Co. and CSX Corp.

Mosaic was ranked No. 28 — up from No. 67 in 2011 — in recognition of its conservation and environmental stewardship efforts (No. 6 on the environment rank), as well as its financial and governance transparency (No. 11 on the corporate governance rank). Mosaic also placed high on the human rights (No. 18) and philanthropy (No. 31) rankings. Continue reading