Honoring Florida Philanthropy Leadership: Joe Clark & Jane Soltis of the Eckerd Family Foundation

This year Florida Philanthropic Network is losing a valued member. The Eckerd Family Foundation is sunsetting, per the intentions of the foundation’s founders, the late Ruth and Jack Eckerd, and therefore will no longer be a part of our membership. On February 1 at FPN’s 2013 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, we honored two of the Eckerd Family Foundation’s leaders, Joe Clark, the foundation’s president, and Jane Soltis, the foundation’s vice president.

At its 2013 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, FPN honored Joe Clark (second from left) and Jane Soltis (second from right) of the Eckerd Family Foundation for 15 years of philanthropic leadership. Honoring them were Jake Short from the Eckerd family's next generation (l.) and David Biemesderfer, FPN President & CEO (r.).

At its 2013 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, FPN honored Joe Clark (second from left) and Jane Soltis (second from right) of the Eckerd Family Foundation for 15 years of philanthropic leadership. Honoring them were Jake Short from the Eckerd family’s next generation (l.) and David Biemesderfer, FPN President & CEO (r.).

Based in Tampa, the Eckerd Family Foundation was founded 15 years ago by Ruth and Jack Eckerd and endowed with $100 million. Jack Eckerd founded Eckerd Drugs in Florida. Joe Clark, Ruth and Jack Eckerd’s son-in-law, has been with the foundation since the beginning, and Jane Soltis has been there almost as long. The foundation upheld Ruth and Jack Eckerd’s spirit of philanthropy by investing in youth and families, encouraging youth leadership, supporting the journey into young adulthood and the pursuit of educational and vocational opportunities. Continue reading