Many of you know that in February 2018, United Way Suncoast had the privilege of hosting artist and philanthropist Peter Buffett in Tampa to present A Concert & Conversation, a multimedia performance that included music, storytelling and audience questions on topics related to human rights, civil rights, and how individuals can build a legacy and create change through volunteerism, advocacy and investment.
Son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, head of the NoVo Foundation and an Emmy award winner and New York Times best-selling author, Peter Buffett has used his talents and resources to engage leaders across the country who are seeking to make an impact in their local communities.
That event in February marked the beginning of a relationship with Peter Buffett that took root over the past 1 ½ years and led to an extraordinary event in Omaha, Nebraska on April 11-12, 2019.
United for the Future, hosted by United Way Worldwide, featured Life is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett and a United for the Future Philanthropy Forum.
With special guest Warren Buffett and major donors from United Way organizations across the country, young leaders, business and community leaders, and other key stakeholders, United for the Future served as a forum for thoughtful dialogue about tough issues in our communities that can only be addressed through collaboration and collective effort.
United Way Suncoast President and CEO Suzanne McCormick attended this extraordinary event and she was joined by United Way Suncoast donors Tom and Mary James, Barbara and Al Siemer, and Alex Sink.
As one United Way attendee stated in post-event comments that were forwarded to Mr. Buffett, “I am amazed that a man like Peter Buffett makes his life’s work, telling the stories of communities that have been overlooked and forgotten. We are very fortunate to have had this experience, and I am going to rededicate myself to be in service of others.”
As a follow-up to the event, United Way Worldwide is working on a comprehensive Buffett newsletter that we’ll distribute to our Tocqueville Society members in the near future. In the meantime, we’re pleased to share a few photos from the Omaha event.