We are an engine for social good, leveraging business acumen and donations to fund a new type of philanthropic endeavor, one in which we create a platform to bring entrepreneurial thinking and execution to the nonprofit space.
Economic vitality and equity. Innovation and infrastructure. Civic quality.
Time and gain, data and reporting show that these are the critical challenges facing not only St. Petersburg, but communities across the nation. Immeasurable resources are spent analyzing the trends and inputs that drive these issues. And the recommendations to address these challenges are remarkably similar: convene community conversations. Identify national best practices. Develop online user experience. Seek opportunities to collaborate.
Yet convening, identifying, developing, and seeking do not solve these issues. Real work does.
We are launching the St. Petersburg Foundation to do the real work—lending hands-on business acumen, forming neutral collaborations, and implementing measurable tactics—that our community needs surrounding these and other big challenges. We will work with, within, and between nonprofits and civic entities to go beyond “developing” and “seeking.” We will improve nonprofits so they may improve our community.
While other organizations exist in our area that train individual nonprofit leaders, perform research on our community’s most pressing needs, and fund individual nonprofits’ programs and initiatives, the St. Petersburg Foundation will lead collaborations across nonprofits, embed our services within the nonprofits that need them, mobilize individual and corporate philanthropists and their resources in a leadership capacity, evaluate what we’ve executed and share our results…all in a way that will change the landscape of how change happens in Pinellas.
We’ve gathered a core team of professionals and partners with the know-how to help our community tackle these critical issues. This talented stable of leaders is ready to help make change happen in this way: rolling up our sleeves to work on these problems not as outsiders but as experts wanting to drive change.
Here’s how we’ll do it: