Joy Watkins

CEO Announces Departure

Joy Watkins, who has led the Community Foundation of North Florida to becoming one of the most important and respected philanthropic organizations in the state, recently announced that she will retire as the Foundation’s president and CEO in March 2020.  As the only CEO in the CFNF’s history, Watkins’ leadership helped generate $91 million in contributions. She will help the Foundation through the hiring, training, and transition to its next leader.

In 2000, the Community Foundation of North Florida made Watkins its first hire. At the time of her retirement, she will have served as its chief executive for 20 years. Through her vision and hard work, the Foundation has become the region’s premier resource for helping people create legacies of giving and helping nonprofits grow endowments.

“For two decades, Joy has provided exemplary leadership, and we know she will be hard to replace,” said Matt Brown, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The Community Foundation is in great shape. It is fiscally strong, growing, and positively impacting our community – and it will continue to do so. Joy has built a tremendous staff and infrastructure that positions the Foundation very well for the future.”

Under Watkins’ distinguished tenure, the Foundation has grown from $900,000 in assets to nearly $70 million, received more than $91 millions in contributions, and provided almost $30 million in grants to support a wide variety of nonprofits.

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CEO Job Opening Announcement

President and Chief Executive Officer

The Community Foundation of North Florida

Tallahassee, Florida


The Community Foundation of North Florida (CFNF) seeks an extraordinary individual to lead the Foundation and build on our exceptional record of inspiring and facilitating charitable giving and increasing endowed philanthropy in the North Florida community

Position Summary:  The President is the chief staff leader and partner of the Board of Directors.  The President sets the overall strategic direction and tone of the organization consistent with the Foundation’s mission and the Board’s vision and guiding principles.  The President provides internal and external leadership, manages all aspects of the organization, oversees staff to carry out the day-to-day work, works with the Board, builds relationships with referral sources and acts as the Foundation’s primary spokesperson and representative in the community. 

Full Job Description:  A full job description may be found HERE.

Foundation Mission:  The Foundation’s mission is to promote and support charitable giving in the 11-county Big Bend area.  CFNF carries out its mission primarily by serving as a vehicle for (1) people to accomplish their charitable goals and (2) helping nonprofit organizations build endowments.

Foundation Background:  CFNF was founded in 1997 by members of the Tallahassee Regional Estate Planning Council. The Foundation hired its first and only CEO in 2000.  That CEO is retiring after serving 20 years of leading the Foundation.  CFNF is governed by a 15-member board of directors.  The Foundation has $71 million in assets and manages 200 charitable funds that generate $3 million in grants annually.  The annual operating budget of the organization is $645,000.  The current staff includes 4 full time employees.


Ideal candidates will share our commitment to and passion for building charitable resources by helping others with their charitable giving and helping nonprofit organization with endowments.

Requirements for the position include:

  • College degree
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Legal, accounting, finance and/or business background preferred
  • At least 10 years working experience

A successful candidate will bring a variety of experience and attributes to the Foundation including:

  • Excellent relationship building and communication skills
  • Excellent decision-making skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Commitment to quality and accuracy
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Humble, authentic and a person of integrity
  • Accessible to and approachable by staff, donors, prospects, referral sources and grantees

Salary and Benefits: The Foundation offers competitive salary and benefits.

How to Apply:  To apply, send an email with your resume and a cover letter to The application deadline is June 14, 2019. CFNF is an equal opportunity employer.