Q&A with TCF Board Chair, Michael DuBow

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On Jan. 1, 2024, Michael DuBow stepped in to lead The Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, as Judge Brian J. Davis completed his two-year term as chair. Michael has served on the board for ten years, and follows in the footsteps of his father, Laurie DuBow, who chaired The Community Foundation from 1996-1997. As Michael begins his term as chair in our 60th year, we asked him a few questions about his perspective on philanthropy in Northeast Florida.

Your family has a long history with The Community Foundation. Can you share a little bit about that, and your early memories of being involved? 

My Dad, Laurie DuBow, and I have worked together for over 30 years, so I was exposed to his philanthropic initiatives and leadership along the way. His involvement, culminating with his chairing the Board of Trustees of The Community Foundation, was something I witnessed firsthand, and realized how special an organization it was at the time and how meaningful it was to him.

What excites you about stepping into leadership at this time? 

Well, there are so many exciting opportunities that lie ahead in our 60th year. It’s a time to celebrate our accomplishments as well as position the Foundation for growth going forward. Being able to work with a wonderful staff, led by our new President, Isaiah Oliver, and a committed group of trustees, is one of the great benefits of being involved with The Community Foundation.  

This year, we are celebrating our 60th anniversary. Looking back, what do you think has been the greatest impact of The Community Foundation? 

Over time, The Community Foundation has worked hard to earn the trust and confidence of the philanthropic community to include donors, financial advisors, non-profit agencies, community stakeholders and city leaders. Growing our assets, knowledge, expertise and impact has established The Community Foundation as an invaluable asset.  

Looking forward, what opportunities do you think lie ahead? 

We are well-positioned to continue building on our strengths, as there is tremendous opportunity given the philanthropic landscape and growth in our region. Broadening our reach will be a key component going forward as we work to further establish The Community Foundation as the philanthropic destination for Northeast Florida.

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