- Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and your new role as executive director of Philanthropy Tank.
I grew up in Atlanta where my father practiced psychology and taught graduate students at Emory University. Much to my parents’ surprise, I rebelled and went to college out of state at the University of Florida. In Gainesville, I studied journalism and communications, became involved in the community and developed my passion for the Gators. I also met my college sweetheart, Robert – who brought me to Florida to stay. After a stint in broadcasting and advertising, I was hired for my first professional nonprofit position with the American Cancer Society as Area Development Director. I then served for over 13 years in various roles at Bethesda Hospital Foundation. Most recently, I was the Chief Development Officer at Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. This year, I celebrate 25 years of serving the South Florida nonprofit community.
I am excited to delve into my new role as the Executive Director of Philanthropy Tank. I look forward to attracting a new group of CHANGEmakers as we open the application process July 17th and hear about new ideas for solution-driven programs in our community. My plan is to align the students with nonprofit and strategic partners that can enhance and develop collaborative efforts. Recruitment will be key as we will need new expertise and talent that will provide resources and vital financial support to ensure our student programs are sustainable. Interested Philanthropic Investors, Board members, coaches, mentors and volunteers – We welcome you!
- What is Philanthropy Tank?
Philanthropy Tank is a nonprofit organization that challenges and empowers young philanthropists to develop and execute high impact and sustainable community programs. Palm Beach County 8th-12th grade students have the opportunity to secure mentoring and funding from philanthropic leaders who invest in their success to create sustainable programs that address various needs in our community. Additional programs and workshops are held throughout the year to train, coach and develop skill sets that will enable the students to develop and implement their ideas and plans. Since 2015, the program has awarded $400,000 in grants to teen-led programs that have impacted more than 200,000 lives. More than 500 local students have been involved in clubs supporting Philanthropy Tank’s programs and mission of “empowering Changemakers.”
- What are your plans for the nonprofit this year?
The list is long! I look forward to increasing the awareness for students, parents, teachers, school administrators and community partners to participate in our programs. Our community is incredibly fortunate to include involved philanthropic leaders, many who continue to be a critical part of the organization. I look forward to involving new philanthropic leaders who can lend their expertise to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. I will create new strategic alliances with the private sector, while strengthening our collaborative partnerships throughout the nonprofit community.
- What is the long-term vision for Philanthropy Tank?
Our organization is growing. We will expand our efforts in the Baltimore market in Fall 2020 where we can utilize new ideas inspired by local students to impact another community. Nonprofits have a long track record of creating viable solutions to many of the issues facing our nation. It is my hope to show today’s teens that their efforts can turn into long term, credible and rewarding career paths.
- When you aren’t working, what can we find you doing?
I am a huge fan of live music and college football. If I am not at a concert watching Elton John or the Rolling Stones, you can find me rooting for my Gators!