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Sarasota News Leader May 31, 2013 Page 56 COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CEO ELECTED HEAD OF STATE ORGANIZATION Community Foundation of Sarasota County President and CEO Roxie Jerde was recently elected chairwoman of Florida Philanthropic Network's Community Foundations of Florida group by members of FPN's Community Foundations of Florida Leadership Team, the Community Foundation has announced. Community Foundations of Florida is an organization of Florida Philanthropic Network's 25 community foundation members, a news release says. They work together to promote philanthropy throughout the state. These foundations "hold more than $1.54 billion in charitable assets and give $115 million each year to support the vital work of nonprofits in our communities," the release adds. "Each Florida community foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization created by and for the people of a particular area," it adds. The chair can be elected for two, one-year terms, the release notes. The Community Foundations of Florida Leadership Team provides overall direction and guidance on the programs and other services that FPN provides to its community foundation members. Roxie Jerde is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation forward to the thoughtful and innovative lead"We're pleased to welcome Roxie Jerde as ership she will bring to our community founchair of Florida Philanthropic Network's Com- dation network," he added in the release. munity Foundations of Florida network," said David Biemesderfer, President and CEO of In March 2011, Jerde moved to Sarasota from Florida Philanthropic Network, in the release. Kansas City, where she served as senior vice "She has been a well-known community foun- president for donor relations and educadation leader nationally for many years, and in tion at the Greater Kansas City Community her two years at the Community Foundation Foundation, "one of the largest community of Sarasota County she has quickly earned foundations in the nation and widely regardthe respect and admiration of her communi- ed as a thought leader in philanthropy," the ty foundation colleagues statewide. We look release notes. %

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