Patrick Morris has long history of community, non-profit work

Patrick Morris has long history of community, non-profit workk


Anyone who has been in the non-profit arena or associated fundraising efforts and all that it entails is fully aware of Patrick Morris’ long history of community and non-profit work.

With his charming, engaging personality and business acumen, Morris has achieved success as a fundraising professional, banker and civic leader over the past 30 years.

Born in Long Island, NY, his family moved to Harrisburg, PA, where he finished high school. During his early years, Morris was exposed to volunteer work though his family, with his grandfather through the Irish-American Society, and with his parents through church and political organizations.

For college, Morris moved to Washington, DC, where he graduated from the American University with both a BA in International Affairs and then a MBA in Marketing with additional course work at the Institute of International Studies and Training in Fujinomiya, Japan and the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

He began his career in New York City in 1982 with Chase Manhattan Bank and later with Information Services companies before moving to South Florida. After working as a campaign manager for a state representative, he became the director of membership for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.

In 1994, he moved on to become vice president of Community and Public Affairs for Vista HealthPlan Inc. During that same time, Morris co-founded and was board chair for Hands on Miami before taking over as president and CEO in 2003. After a successful run at Hands on Miami, he became vice president and chief development officer for the YMCA of Greater Miami from 2009 to 2012.

In the past he has served as chair of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Commission of Volunteer Service, was president of the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation and served on its national board of directors. He also has served as regional chair of Leadership Florida and board member of the Leadership Florida Institute.

Morris now holds the position of vice president, Professional Banker with Sabadell Bank and is more active than ever. Continuing his extensive history of civic and non-profit involvement and leadership, Morris currently serves as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a Trustee at FIU’s Honor’s College, and is an active member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce serving on their Not-for-Profit Committee and chairing GMCC’s NOVO Awards program.

He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, chairs the parent led fundraising organization SEED at Sunset Elementary and coaches his son’s baseball team.

Over the years, Morris’ numerous awards and accolades could fill a room. Most recently he received the Leadership Miami’s Salute to Miami’s Leader Award 2010; The Wilkie Ferguson Jr. Bar Association Community Service Award in 2009; Coral Gables Chamber’s Diamond Award for Non-Profit Excellence in 2008, and the list goes on. He even was a Torchbearer for the 2000 Olympics and has keys to both the City of Coral Gables and Miami Beach.

A resident of Coral Gables, Patrick loves spending time with his family — wife Stacy and their two children, Ellie, 11, and Brian, 8.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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