2022 South Florida Business Journal Power Leaders in Corporate Philanthropy
By Jeff Zbar - Correspondent, South Florida Business Journal
Whether leading for-profit companies or nonprofit organizations, executives historically have been judged by the measurable bottom-line performance they have delivered.
With a growing awareness about how intertwined these entities are with the communities in which they operate and their teams live, "giving back" has become increasingly important. Known since the 1990s as "triple bottom-line" practices - or the attention paid to profits, people and planet - leaders are asked by stakeholders, new job candidates, even their peers about what they've done, not only to drive their companies, but to help support their communities.
Our inaugural Power Leaders in Corporate Philanthropy includes leaders of corporate foundations, not-for-profit groups, and funds and foundations created by families blessed with success and committed to their communities. Each has proven the importance and satisfaction found in the giving of "time, talent and treasure!' By volunteering as an organization, sharing valuable expertise, and making financial contributions, they're making a difference. This remains true as we continue to navigate the fallout from the pandemic.
They're showing by example that we can all take a leading role in improving the places we live and work - today, and for years to come.
William R. Laurie
Founder and CEO, American Heritage Schools
In 2021, the college preparatory schools Laurie founded gave over $752,00 in corporate donations and 625,892 community service hours benefitting 324 causes.
Birthplace: Winter Haven
Education: B.A., economics, University of the South; M.Ed., administration, supervision and reading, University of Florida
I entered philanthropy because: Giving back to those who helped me become who I am today gives me great joy.
Professional pet peeve: When I see someone's talent being wasted because they are in the wrong job.
Most treasured memory: Watching the students receive their diplomas at graduation
One event that changed me: Leaving work at a public school and, with 1 acre of land and one student, building a private school