David Yates, the CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Co-Producer of “Winter’s Tail” spoke with the Florida Federation of Young Republicans on February 18, 2012 about fundraising and nonprofits. The Young Republicans of Florida met over the weekend for their winter quarterly in Tampa, Florida. Yates, who called himself a conservative Republican, talked about fiscally responsible principles for fundraising. He spent time discussing how to ask, how to get media attention and not to rely on the government to get things done. Yates has a history of working with nonprofits including the Iron Man Challenge. His message revolved around treating nonprofits like a business.
The Florida Federation of Young Republicans is a group of young professionals under the age of 40 who are active in their local county politics. These clubs in the state of Florida meet 4 times of year to share information, discuss politics and socialize. FFYR uses any money donated to them to fund day to day operations and grassroots efforts that help elect conservative government officials.
FFYR had multiple other speakers during their winter quarterly including Jason Osborne, Director of External Affairs for the RNC Host Committee, and Dr. Susan MacManus, Professor of Public Administration and Political Science at the University of South Florida.