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


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


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


Transform the neighborhood by engaging in long-term relationships with existing residents while investingin 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



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

Alan Kolar, Chief Financial Officer

Alan Kolar, Chief 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 Woelbern, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Amy Woelbern, 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