Florida Funder Tour

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 to Thursday, October 12, 2017

With immigrants making up one-fifth of Florida’s total population and one in three Florida children having a foreign-born parent, immigrants and refugees are an integral part of the state's communities. These long-standing residents of Florida contribute significantly to the state’s culture and economy.

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Florida Philanthropic Network are pleased to invite national and Florida-based funders for a two-day circuit exploring how community organizations and grantmakers are responding to the needs of these diverse communities. Attend one or both stops October 11 and 12 in Miami and Orlando, respectively, to hear from expert speakers – demographers, local service providers, community leaders and funders – who will provide context for the current realities facing immigrant and refugee children and families in Florida and the contributions they make to the state. Foundation leaders and staff will also visit local sites in urban and rural communities where support services for immigrant communities are based.



Wednesday, October 11 – Miami | 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join us for day one of the Building Whole Communities circuit in Miami, or select the two-day registration to attend both days for a discounted price of $225/$350. 

The Miami circuit will begin at the Knight Foundation and include a visit to a local service provider. Details forthcoming.  


Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Join us for day two of the Building Whole Communities circuit in Orlando, or select the two-day registration to attend both days for a discounted price of $225/$350. 

The Orlando circuit will explore the intersections of immigrant and LGBTQ communities. Many of those whose lives were taken at the Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 in Orlando were undocumented immigrants. This tragedy thrust the issue of immigration onto the radar of local elected officials, funders, service providers, and advocates. Today, more than 20 percent of all services sought at the Orlando United Assistance Center, the hub providing support to survivors and victims' families of the Pulse tragedy, are for immigration-related issues reflecting both the gaps and urgent needs of the community.

Learn about the journey Orlando and Central Florida are taking – with the support of philanthropy – to create a home for LGBTQ and immigrant communities that is affirming, safe, and welcoming to all.

Join GCIR and FPN for this opportunity to:

  • Explore promising and proven investment strategies, including place-based supports and services that are effective in immigrant communities in Florida’s southern and central regions.
  • Discuss the relevance of these issues for a wide range of grantmaking priorities with your philanthropic colleagues.  
  • Learn about Florida’s diverse local immigrant communities, the contributions they make and the issues they are facing and ways you can coordinate, collaborate, and leverage funding to advance Florida’s shared future.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to participate in discussion, education and site visits around the complex but important role of immigrant communities in Florida.

Who should attend?

This program is intended for board members, trustees, executives and program staff of Florida and/or national grantmaking organizations. Attendees do not need to be GCIR or FPN members to attend, but attendees should serve in a professional capacity at a private independent, corporate or family foundation, community foundation, public charity grantmaker, and/or corporate giving program.

Registration Information

Our time in Miami will begin at the Knight Foundation and include a visit to a local service provider. Details forthcoming.

Register for one or both days on Florida Philanthropic Network's website.

$125/$225 – FPN Members Single Day/Two Day
$200/$350 – Non-members Single Day/Two Day

Registration includes lunch and transportation to individual site visits. Transportation to and from Miami and/or Orlando and hotel accommodations are not included. Arrangements will be made for bus transportation between Miami and Orlando if desired by enough attendees.

Space is limited.