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Should Every City Have a "Chief Philanthropy Officer"?

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November 5th, 2015
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External News Article

In Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Lenny Curry is hiring for a novel new position within his administration—a chief philanthropy officer for the city.

The idea is not an entirely novel one; the state of Michigan created an Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) in 2003 in what the state called a “first in the nation” cabinet-level position. And in Newark, New Jersey, a city famous for its connection with big givers like Mark Zuckerberg, then-Mayor Cory Booker appointed a philanthropic liaison in 2007.

Meanwhile, mayors in some bigger cities have long played the philanthropy game in one way or the other.

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