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Latino Leadership, Inc., a grassroots Latino organization dedicated to improving the outcomes of Latinos in Central Florida, is in desperate need of  volunteers and cubicles after the organization was featured on a Facebook page with more than 700,000 followers.


Feeding Children Everywhere announced it will pack 4.4 million meals to help provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.


The inaugural group of entrepreneurs accepted into the Social Enterprise Accelerator, a new program from Central Florida Foundation designed to help entrepreneurs in the early stages of product or business development, has been announced.


The Collective is a group dedicated to nonprofit leaders in Central Florida. We also want to be the source for nonprofit and social change news in the region.

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As Floridians, we know about hurricanes. We had our moment earlier this month when Hurricane Irma ripped through the state.

Life is back to normal for most of us in Central Florida. And so it’s time to help our fellow Americans who need it in Puerto Rico.


Getting the local newspaper or television station to cover your nonprofit event is sometimes a challenge.

I should know, because for nearly a dozen years I worked as a local reporter – first in newspapers and then in television. I was the guy making decisions on what to cover and what not to cover. And I can’t tell you how many times I had to turn down covering nonprofit events. After all, there was only one of me and sometimes what seemed like 700 different events over the course of a weekend.


Of all the places where violence could have happened, I didn’t think it would happen in Charlottesville.

As a young reporter at the Lynchburg News & Advance in Virginia, I lived less than 70 miles from where the tragic events of Aug. 12 occurred. I remember Charlottesville as a place where I could escape the slow life of Lynchburg and experience the culture of a picturesque college town.

Nicole Dupre, Opera del Sol

The first time I met Nicole Dupre, she made me into a beast. Well, not just any beast, but THE Beast from “Beauty and the Beast.”

About a year ago, when I was still a reporter at WESH-TV, I invited Nicole, who has done makeup for countless organizations around Orlando, to the TV station for a morning interview about the upcoming Orlando Ballet production. But instead of a typical interview, I asked if she would transform me into Beast.



“No one follows a quitter.” – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

That quote stuck out to me last week when Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer spoke to The Collective. He was one of three speakers at our July meeting, which also featured a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey ringmaster and a couple who became unlikely nonprofit advocates after losing a child.

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