Co-founder of Nonprofit Center heading to Tampa

Congratulations to Chris Johnson of the Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida! Front Street has had a great relationship with the Nonprofit Center through our Invested program, and we can attest to the great things that the Center and Mr. Johnson have done for the community. Mr. Johnson will be missed, but we are sure that he will do even more good in his future endeavors. 

By Carla Vianna | The Gainesville Sun

Three years after founding the Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida, Executive Director Christopher Johnson is leaving to become director of programs and learning at the Florida Philanthropic Network in Tampa.

The Nonprofit Center was founded by Johnson and Kari Brill in 2010 as a resource center for nonprofits in the area.

“It was certainly a difficult decision to make – without a doubt,” Johnson said. “A lot of sacrifices, blood, sweat and tears have been involved in the Nonprofit Center. It’s been the greatest accomplishment I’ve had professionally in my career.”

Aiming to build a stronger nonprofit community, the center focuses on improving professional development and promoting collaboration between organizations through workshops, seminars and networking opportunities.

“We are still here and going strong,” Brill said. “Our services are in such high demand. We definitely are going to remain steadfast in our mission.”

Planning for the 2014 summit, the Nonprofit Center’s biggest event of the year, has already begun.

Brill said she is working with the board of directors and other community stakeholders to define what the organization’s future leadership will look like.

Johnson has high hopes for the center once he leaves.

“Ultimately, transition and change is good for an organization, bringing in new ideas,” he said. “It’s an exciting time. It’s an opportunity for a fresh perspective on the new direction of the organization.”

Johnson received his bachelor of science, master of science and master of business administration from the University of Florida and is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville 35. He also served as president of the Rotaract Club of Gainesville, a service club sponsored by Rotary.

In 2010, he resigned as membership director at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and joined Brill in creating the Nonprofit Center.


Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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