What’s next? after the community forum

The Key West Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK), in partnership, co-sponsored a public forum on Civic Engagement and Partnering for Impact: Realizing Community and Economic Development. The public forum was held on Monday, July 14th at 6 p.m. at the Westin in Key West.

More than 100 people participated in the Forum facilitated by Mark Brewer, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Florida. Mark has earned respect for his ability to build community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measureable results. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations to establish philanthropy plans, endowments, funding strategies, and planned gifts.

The Chamber and CFFK appreciated the comments and suggestions that came from the participants and interest they have received about creating a collective impact process to address some of our community issues in a new way.

The question now is: What’s Next?

At this point, the Chamber and the CFFK are still in the exploratory phase of learning more about collective impact and how a collaborative process could benefit our community. The boards of the Chamber and CFFK met with Mark Brewer following the Forum to further discuss how to create a framework to bring all three sectors together to mobilize our community partners into taking action. Both boards are studying the two articles below from the Stanford Social Innovation Review describing the Collective Impact model.

– Read about “Collective Impact”
– Read about “Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work”

Please stay tuned and send your comments to the Key West Chamber of Commerce at info@keywestchamber.org or the community foundation.

We appreciate your feedback and will keep you informed along the way. View Mark Brewer’s Forum Presentation Now

About Mark Brewer

Mark Brewer, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Florida

More than 100 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark’s assistance with strategic and scenario planning initiatives that included the use of endowed investments to sustain their organizations. He is a well-known national speaker on nonprofit sector management and strategy, philanthropy’s role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the role of the nonprofit sector in public policy. Mark frequently advises private and corporate foundation grant makers across the Central Florida region.

Mark began his career in the media as a reporter, anchor, and journalist. His background includes more than a decade as a management and performance consultant in the nonprofit sector. Later, as a licensed investment professional, he assisted donors with estate and planned giving strategies. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialty in Nonprofit Management, is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, and is a candidate for a PhD in Public Administration with a specialty in Policy and Law from Walden University (Expected 2014).

Mark plays a leadership role in a number of national and community initiatives. His service focus is with organizations that grow philanthropy and play roles in strategic grant making and public policy. At the national level, Mark chaired the Community Foundation Services Corporation, which oversaw the Merrill Lynch Community Charitable Fund, a national donor advised fund partnership. At the state level, Mark serves as Chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide association of grant makers working to strengthen philanthropy through research, education, and public policy. And, in the Central Florida region, Mark serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Donors Forum, Chairs the Roundtable of Community Based Organizations for the Central Florida Partnership, is Vice Chair of the Heart of Florida United Way Investing in Results Council, Chair of my region.org and plays a public policy role on the boards of the Central Florida Partnership and the Central Florida Homeless Commission. Mark is a past Chair of the Florida Federation of Community Foundations.