Forum names new CEO
Biemesderfer is currently president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN), one of our sister regional associations. He joined FPN in 2009 and under his leadership, FPN’s membership has grown sevenfold, its budget has grown fourfold and its statewide presence has increased significantly. He served on the Forum’s board for the past six years, including a stint as chair. He’s exceptionally well-qualified and steps into the position ready to lead. Bravo to the Forum Board’s search committee for his selection after a long, thoughtful process sorting through candidates.
I’ve known David as long as I’ve been at Philanthropy Ohio (since 1998), starting when he worked at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and continuing through my election to the Forum’s board last year. So, I can say this because I know and love him: Dave’s appointment is not the big news here.
The important news is that the nation’s largest philanthropic network has chosen a leader who will guide the Forum and its members into a more collaborative, connected and smart next phase.
The Forum is the largest network serving philanthropy in America, consisting of 33 regional associations with more than 5,500 participating organizations. The network of regional staff alone is comprised of over 245 professionals serving a vast array of foundations in every region of the United States.
If you like the work that Philanthropy Ohio does, know that there are 32 other regional associations out there doing amazing things to bring together funders to maximize their impact.
The Forum’s next opportunity is not just to build on its own strength but to embrace the strengths of the many other partner organizations spanning the philanthropic infrastructure environment and deepen collaboration between all of them for the greater good.
The Forum envisions broadening the network to bring together its assets with those of national philanthropy-serving organizations—especially national issue-based, identity-based and practice-based affinity groups. It’s already taking the lead in bringing together a vast array of philanthropic infrastructure organizations and national affinity groups to plan joint programming and other activities that lead to deeper collaboration.
Here at Philanthropy Ohio, we’ve increased our partnering with such affinity groups, through programming and newsletter articles; we are excited that our future collaboration will be expanded and deepened, helping our members build the skills and knowledge needed to make greater and lasting impact. The Forum’s new vision is beginning to happen, but requires a leader who can ensure that it does. And, Dave is that leader, who will help every regional association and countless national groups make the most of this network, which gets stronger every day.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold
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