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Donors Forum of Central Florida

Mission Statement

The Donors Forum of Central Florida is an association that provides members an opportunity to increase the effectiveness of their philanthropy by interacting in a learning environment and exploring local issues and concerns.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Donors Forum of Central Florida is to promote philanthropy throughout the Central Florida area by:

  • Encouraging effective grant making
  • Developing and encouraging leadership in the grant making community
  • Strengthening cooperation among funders and grantees
  • Acting as a clearinghouse of information about grant making and philanthropy for members and the community


The Donors Forum of Central Florida:

  • Encourages philanthropy that is guided by the values of ethical conduct and accountability and strives to maintain the highest standards in both practices and processes
  • Is committed to promoting and encouraging cooperation among funders and grantees
  • Urges grant makers to listen to community leaders and strives to provide opportunities to hear the diverse voices of the community


Membership is limited to Foundations, corporate giving programs, community funding agencies and public funding organizations.  (For the context of the Donors Forum of Central Florida, A foundation is a non-governmental entity that is established as a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust, with a principal purpose of making grants to unrelated organizations, institutions, or individuals for scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes. Foundations must file a 990-PF to be a member of the Donors Forum).

Programming and Events

The Donors Forum of Central Florida, a membership organization, provides a focal point and clearinghouse for more than 200 Central Florida foundations, corporate giving programs, community funding agencies, and public funding organizations. The Donors Forum is administered by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College.

Meetings focus on "the business of philanthropy" in Central Florida and may also include invited speakers who present on significant community issues, dialogue among funders regarding trends in philanthropy or nonprofit management, and opportunities for members to share initiatives and priorities, or suggest opportunities for collaborative work.

Programming and events - 10 to 12 gatherings annually - are offered at no additional cost to Donors Forum Members. Not sure about joining the Forum? You can attend programming or events on a trial basis. Contact the Forum Manager to learn more.

Resource Library

The Donors Forum has a resource library located in the Edyth Bush Institute offices on the second floor of the Samuel B. Lawrence Center, 200 E. New England Avenue, downtown Winter Park. Materials may be loaned to grant makers. Please inquire about specific resources you may need.


For more information about the forum, questions about membership, or inquiries about upcoming events, please contact the Edyth Bush Institute office at or call 407.975.6414.


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