Florida Grantmakers Walk the Talk on Collaboration

“Collaboration” is a word that has been bandied about a lot in the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors in recent years, with calls for nonprofit collaboration escalating after the recession hit in 2008. With the recent announcement of the merger of Florida’s two largest philanthropy associations, Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) and Donors Forum of South Florida (DFSF), Florida grantmakers offer a real-life example of the benefits that can be gained by collaborative restructuring in our sector. I know I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to walk the talk on collaboration.

I was part of a four-member team assigned by FPN’s board of directors to lead the merger effort for our organization, working closely with a similar team assigned by the DFSF board of directors. Right from the start I was struck by the constructive tone of the discussions. Everyone approached the process in the spirit of doing what was best for Florida’s philanthropy sector – not what was best for any of us personally or for our individual organizations. I think that was a critical factor in reaching a successful outcome. 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