December 30, 2021

Casting Wide the Safety Nets of Shelter and Stability

Being home for the holidays is a gift that I hope many of you had this last week along with time with those you hold closest to your heart. It sounds simple, but this gift of unhurried, qualit…

December 2, 2021

A Generous Mindset and Courageous Leadership Warm All Hearts

While I’ve traveled across Florida and the southeast this last year and half, it’s been a while since I had the chance to gather with leaders from other philanthropic institutions.…

November 1, 2021

A Commitment to Our Community, No Matter the Crisis

If 2020 was summed up by how we respond and recover in the face of crisis, then 2021 is defined by how we continue to reimagine the opportunities as we adapt following a very trying time. We&…

October 4, 2021

Beyond Surviving: How We Flourish

During the 11 years I worked at Hallmark Cards, I often found myself at the intersection of incredibly creative thinkers and astute conventional professionals. The constant tug and pull betwee…

October 2, 2021

Partnership Blooms for Tomorrow's Environmental Caretakers

Our region’s relationship with the beaches, swamps, pastures and estuaries that enrich our lives is inseparable. This is something many of us only rediscovered during the pandemic (or ga…

September 1, 2021

“Learning is Action”

Dear Friends: All of us have a list of things that changed in our lives in 2020. Many of us made lists of things to “return” to in 2021 – visiting friends and relatives, tra…

August 8, 2021

A Legacy of Literary and Learning Support Lives On

Growing up, Patricia “Patti” Strauss found reading and writing uniquely challenging, yet for most of her life could never pinpoint why. After years of searching for answers with lo…

July 3, 2021

Success, Fulfillment and Futures On the Summer Syllabus

Following a year of tremendous changes, the school district and nonprofits across our region are rallying for student success on a truly collaborative scale. The timing and urgency couldn&rsqu…