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Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
David Odahowski, J.D. President & CEO

"Nonprofit" is a tax status not a management style. Today's nonprofit organizations are driven by rapid change. Outcome based funding, diversity; social entrepreneurship, technology and ethics have created increasing demands and expectations for nonprofit executives and their boards of directors. The Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College creates a resource for nonprofit organizations seeking transformative education, research and collaboration, in order to provide leadership and accountability in their respective communities, across Florida and the nation. Nonprofit organizations provide the social goods and services that government and businesses cannot or will not provide. In other words, the quality of life across America is dependent upon the nonprofit sector; to provide us with dance and classical music; to build and operate our senior centers; to educate our youth and workers in our knowledge based economy. America's quality of life, art, human services and education is the very best in the entire world because of our nonprofit and voluntary sector. The Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College will seek to bring out the very best in the nonprofit organizations it works with because the successful communities of tomorrow are built with effective and efficient nonprofit organizations of today!

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Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Sherry Magill, Ph.D., President

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund trustees are enthusiastic in their support of the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College. Devolution, welfare reform, and the shrinking public dollar for charitable work places enormous demands on the nonprofit sector, grant makers and grant seekers alike. Nonprofits --past, present, and future-- not only hold us together as a people; they make community and democracy possible. Consequently, our need to be conscious of the role of the nonprofit sector in our communities and in our democracy is critical. We must understand them, protect them, strengthen them, nurture them, and learn from their work. To do so, in fact to know what to do, requires an academic place known for intelligent inquiry and thoughtful civic discourse -- a place where we can come together to understand what is happening to people who live in our communities, and what role the nonprofit sector plays in that happening. Rollins College, an institution by definition engaged in research, teaching, and community service, is the ideal place to develop that understanding, to share that understanding through curricular offerings, and in so doing help all of us imagine and nurture healthier human communities.

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Darden Restaurants Foundation
Julio Suarez, Interim Director, Foundation & Community Affairs

Maintaining a spirit of volunteerism, philanthropy and ethical business practices are defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. And one way we help make a difference for others is by assisting a variety of non-profit organizations that are doing extraordinary work in their communities. We are proud to support the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College in its efforts to strengthen the effectiveness of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations through education and management support.

Community Foundation of Central Florida
Mark Brewer, President & CEO

About the Community Foundation of Central Florida
The Central Florida Foundation is the place for people who want to invest in their community. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. The Foundation manages and invests funds, offers personalized service and expert giving advice, connects caring people with charitable organizations that they feel passionate about, and empowers them to make informed decisions that make a difference in our community now and in the future. The Central Florida Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors and nonprofits. For more information on the Foundation, please visit

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