Last week I was honored and humbled to be elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers in Arlington, Va. The Forum is the largest network serving the philanthropic sector in America. Our network of 34 regional associations of grantmakers, including Florida Philanthropic Network, collectively represent more than 5,000 private and community foundations, corporate givers and other philanthropic organizations (you can read more about the appointment here).
I have been involved with the Forum Network in various capacities for nearly 20 years, starting with the 10 years I spent working at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, FPN’s colleague organization in Minneapolis. During that time I’ve witnessed many impressive and remarkable developments in the Forum Network. We’ve certainly grown in size, but more importantly we’ve moved from being a loose national coalition of separate philanthropic associations to being a much more cohesive and collaborative network, with the Forum organization as the hub. Over the years the Network’s regional association members have become more sophisticated and knowledgeable in the services and support we provide to our member philanthropic organizations, more skilled in the effective use of technology, bolder in the leadership we provide in our regions, and more adept at working in the public policy and government relations arena.
As the drive to ensure effectiveness and impact in philanthropy accelerates and the desire to connect and work with local and national colleagues who share the same interests expands, the Forum Network is more needed and relevant than ever before. I look forward to doing my part to advance the work of the Forum and its vibrant nationwide network of regional associations of grantmakers to serve the philanthropic sector. Together we can play a vital role in strengthening the health, vitality and well-being of our communities.
– David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network