LIFT Orlando began its journey towards helping families build a better life for themselves through education, mixed-income housing, community health & wellness and economic development with four basic commitments, defining our framework and our name: LIFT.

Learn 

Learn about the social forces affecting low-income families in our community and how we can help them and future generations escape poverty.

Identify

Identify research-based approaches that are proven to help break the cycle of poverty and create pathways of opportunity for all.

Focus

Focus geographically on working within a small neighborhood community in order to engage in a holistic approach for transformation.

transform

Transform the physical neighborhood by engaging in long-term relationships with existing residents while investing  in catalytic projects.

 


We Are Business Leaders Partnering with Residents to Break the Cycle of Poverty Through Holistic Neighborhood Revitalization


Our Story

In 2012, the CEO of CNL Financial Group, Tom Sittema gathered a group of community-minded business leaders to pursue answering the question: “Can the business community help solve some of our city’s most complex social problems?” The hope was that by leveraging their influence and aligning their corporate social-responsibility efforts they could bring about lasting community transformation for our most vulnerable citizens. 

This group of concerned business-leaders became inspired by the desire of Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports to leverage the redevelopment of Camping World Stadium and become a football stadium that ignites neighborhood transformation. 

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Our Timeline

 

Our Leadership

Tom Sittema, CEO CNL Financial Group

Steve Hogan, CEO Florida Citrus Sports

Bob Miles, President    BAGS, Inc.

Lisa Schultz, Chief Services Officer, CNL Financial Group

Sy Saliba, Senior V.P. Florida Hospital

Allen Wiggins, Bishop Hope Center West

 

Harold Mills, Vice Chairman, ZeroChaos

Andy Gardiner, V.P. Orlando Health 

Terry Prather, Fmr, President Sea World

Scott Boyd, President Boyd Development 

Bill Dymond, CEO Lowndes, Drosdick...

Sandy Hostetter, President, C. Florida Valley National Bank

 

Staff

Eddy Moratin, Executive Director     (Read bio)

Sherry Paramore, Director of Advancement

Sherry Paramore, Director of Advancement

Phil Hissom, Founder and Director, The Polis Institute

Terry Prather,  Chief Operating Officer

Allen Kolar, Certified Financial Officer

Allen Kolar, Certified Financial Officer

Natalie Lovero, Community Partnerships

Byron Traynor, Director of Collective Impact

Byron Traynor, Director of Collective Impact

Adrienne Evans, Director of Finance

Adrienne Evans, Director of Finance

Jeff Porter, Director of Economic Development

Jeff Porter, Director of Economic Development

Amy Woelber, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Amy Woelber, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

 
“When business leaders leverage their influence to unify the private and public sectors around a common agenda then we can unlock the true power and potential of collective impact.”
— Thomas Sittema, CEO, CNL Financial Group