Donors Forum
of Northeast Florida

The Donors Forum brings interested funders together to learn and collaborate around timely community topics.

One of our core goals is to promote and stimulate philanthropy in Northeast Florida. That’s why we created the Donors Forum more than 20 years ago – to foster discussion and idea-sharing among all the grantmakers in Northeast Florida. To date, hundreds of individual philanthropists, corporate donors and foundation leaders have joined the conversation.

The Forum is comprised of representatives of private, corporate, independent and family foundations in Northeast Florida. Members meet quarterly to learn about regional programs of philanthropic interest, discuss issues of mutual concern, and learn about collaborative opportunities.

Recent Events

Black Philanthropy panel
Left to right: Susan Taylor Batten, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Marcus Rowe, Valerie Jenkins, and Rev. Dr. Christopher McKee, Jr.

The Legacy and Impact of Black Philanthropy

Guest speaker Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, joined us for our Donors Forum in August to speak on the long history and impact of Black Philanthropy. ABFE, which promotes effective and responsive philanthropy, advocates for policies and practices, provides technical assistance to Black civic organizations, and networks to share information to ensure better outcomes for Black communities. Our panelists included Dr. Johnnetta Cole, anthropologist, educator, and women/civil rights advocate; Marcus Rowe, Vice-President and Senior Resident Director, Merrill Lynch; Valerie Jenkins, Vice-President and Senior Community Development Consultant, Wells Fargo; and Rev. Dr. Christopher Mckee, Jr, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Oakland. You can read a brief recap of the event here; watch the full recording here.


Pictured: David Miller, Ennis Davis, Nipa Shah, Padrica Mendez, Tom Caron, and Kay Ehas
Left to right: David Miller, Ennis Davis, Nipa Shah, Padrica Mendez, Tom Caron, and Kay Ehas

The Broad Impacts of the Emerald Trail

The Emerald Trail, now under construction in Jacksonville, will have a broad impact on our community. Attendees at a recent Donors Forum learned about many of the benefits through a number of different viewpoints. They heard from CEO Kay Ehas of Groundwork Jacksonville, which is leading the project, as well as Ennis Davis, architect and trail design consultant; David Miller, co-founder of Brightway Insurance; Dr. Nipa Shah, chair, Department of Community Health, UF Health, and Padrica Mendez, resident of Hollybrook neighborhood in McCoys Creek. Afterwards, participants were able to experience segments of the trail firsthand via open air vehicles. You can read a brief recap of the event here; watch the full recording here; learn more about Groundwork Jacksonville and the Emerald Trail here; Download the Tour Book here.


The Donors Forum of Northeast Florida works to promote and strengthen philanthropy in our region by inspiring individual philanthropists, donors and foundations to:

  • Share their knowledge about philanthropy and community issues;
  • Explore the dimensions of ethical grantmaking;
  • Be a voice for philanthropy in the region.

Areas of focus for The Donors Forum include supporting the professional growth of grantmakers and their work in our region, growing philanthropy in Northeast Florida, and supporting philanthropic responses to critical issues.

The Donors Forum welcomes individuals representing private, corporate, independent and family foundations in Northeast Florida as well as fundholders of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

Past Events

The Donors Forum knows our community’s needs and supports our giving endeavors. I would encourage others to join the Donors Forum because it is a great group of givers.

- Lisa Ullmann, Fanny Landwirth Foundation -


Contact Information

245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32202

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

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