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Five Reasons You Should Be at the Philanthropy SB2, March 24


If you like doing good and supporting those who do, you should consider joining us for SB2: Foundations on Thursday, March 24th at 7:30 AM at The Francis! As an organization that prides itself in facilitating relevant conversation and events that challenge us to think differently, SRQ Media loves hosting SB2 breakfasts as much as we love opening a fresh box of SRQ | The Magazine each month. We hope that you’ve already bought your tickets. We’ll have some of the top regional thought leaders in private and community foundations on stage with moderator SRQ Magazine’s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts.  If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should join, we have a few reasons why we think you should cancel your plans, wake up a few minutes earlier and join us.

1. Mark Brewer is a non-profit, foundation guru. There’s just no other way to say it.

SB2: Foundations will commence with a keynote address by Mark Brewer, President and CEO of Central Florida Foundation. Mark’s experience in the field of non-profit leadership and management is dramatic. He 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. More than 100 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark’s assistance through the Foundation 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 the independent sector, philanthropy’s role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the role of the independent sector in public policy. We are thrilled to have him join the SB2 stage and know that he will make a tremendous impact on the quality of information shared at SB2.

2. Our local panelists really know their stuff. 

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with local foundations, chances are that you’ve heard of our panelists. And if you’ve worked with them, you already know how talented, articulate and helpful they are. We are so looking forward to their very candid responses on the philanthropic climate on the Gulf Coast and how organizations can best benefit from the services provided by foundations. We’ll hear from Roxie Jerde (Community Foundation of Sarasota County), Mark Pritchett (Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Teri Hansen (Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation), Alex Quarles (Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation) and Bob Blalock (Blalock Walters, P.A.). Learn about best practices and critical funding from these local notables at SB2.

3. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

Or so we’ve heard. Regardless if you’re more fruit and yogurt or bacon and eggs, we’ll have all major food groups covered on March 24th. The conversation is early, but the breakfast is delicious. And the coffee is hot. You don’t have to wake up and wonder if you’ll have time to scarf down a breakfast bar on the way to work on the 24th. We’ll take care of a well balanced breakfast for you. And we promise that this event is one of the best ways you’ll spend your morning this month.

4. Great minds think alike. 

If you’re planning on spending your morning with us, chances are, other amazing people are, too! For those in the non-profit community, this is a great chance to catch up with your friends from other organizations and spend some quality time together that doesn’t involve sending emails back and forth. Bring a co-worker that is great at coming up with creative ideas. Talk to other guests about donor relations strategies that have worked for them and use the morning as a chance to meet new people or reconnect with great people and organizations that make a difference in our community.

5. SPOILER ALERT: This event will sell out! 

There’s no doubt about it. Sarasota is a giving place. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned while hosting SB2, it is that you love to learn about ways to grow and develop the community organizations that make our region such a giving place. We’ve sold a large portion of tickets already and fully expect to sell out. If you’re planning on coming to SB2, don’t wait until the week of March 21st to purchase your tickets! Get them while you still can.

For tickets, visit SRQSB2.COM.

SB2: Foundations is sponsored by Blalock Walters, P.A., and the 2015-2016 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.  

Recent SB2 Keynote Speaker Recognized by ASLA With 2015 Design Medal

Thomas Balsley receives ASLA

Thomas Balsley receives ASLA Design Medal. Photo Credi: Evan Sigmund

Sometimes good news puts a smile on your face. Today, we heard something that did just that, and our whole team has been grinning all afternoon. Former SB2 keynote speaker and renown landscape architect Thomas Balsley was just announced as the recipient of the 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Design Medal.

Various parks

Various parks designed by Thomas Balsley, including Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, top left. Photos provided by Thomas Balsley Associates New York.

Awarded annually to a landscape architect for an entire body of exceptional design work spanning at least ten years, the ASLA Design Medal is a prestigious honor. Joining the ranks of some of the most notable landscape architects in America, Tom’s portfolio of projects represent the magic of public parks when paired with thoughtful design. Among some of Tom’s recent design projects is Curtis Hixon Park along Tampa’s Urban Downtown.

Thomas Balsley fields a question from the SB2 audience on March 18th in Sarasota. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Thomas Balsley fields a question from the SB2 audience on March 18th in Sarasota. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

This past March, Tom presented a keynote address and shared insights on waterfront parks that successfully merge public-private spaces and have transformed the way people enjoy and utilize parks at the SB2 series at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota produced at SRQ | The Magazine. He was joined by Johnette Isham of Realize Bradenton, Drayton Saunders of Bayfront 20:20 and Dave Gustafson of the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority to discuss the future of the Sarasota Bayfront and successful waterfronts in the region.

Thomas Balsley (far right) pictured with SB2 panelists (L-R) David Gustafson, Johanette Isham, Moderator Wes Roberts and Drayton Saunders. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Thomas Balsley (far right) pictured with SB2 panelists (L-R) David Gustafson, Johanette Isham, Moderator Wes Roberts and Drayton Saunders. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

If you’re interested in learning more about Tom and his incredible career, you’re in luck! The inaugural issue of Modern Home Magazine (the newest addition of the SRQ Media family of publications) includes a feature story all about him. Modern Home Magazine is produced as a special edition of SRQ Magazine’s July 2015 edition. Pick up your copy on July 1st at area newsstands. Our team got creative with how to present two magazines under one cover!

Congratulations Tom! The SRQ team can’t think of a person more deserving. Enjoy this incredible honor.