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FPN Education Funders Affinity Group

FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group (EAG) is comprised of FPN members who share an interest in supporting education issues, organizations and needs in Florida. The EAG offers Florida's education funders a space to learn and share together on improving the state's education outcomes, and to be a voice for Florida philanthropy on key education policy issues. Current EAG members are:

> The Able Trust
> Bank of America
> Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
> The Chartrand Foundation
> The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
> Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties
> Community Foundation of Broward
> Community Foundation of Collier County
> Conn Memorial Foundation
> Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation
> The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation
> The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation, Inc.
> Gulf Coast Community Foundation
> Helios Education Foundation
> Jessie Ball duPont Fund
> John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
> Johnson Scholarship Foundation
> JPMorgan Chase
> Lumina Foundation
> Quantum Foundation
> Southwest Florida Community Foundation
> Wells Fargo
> Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation


College and Career Access & SuccessWhere We Stand: Improving Post-Secondary Success in Florida
August 2015
This position paper details the support of Florida Philanthropic Network, through our Education Funders Affinity Group, for establishing a statewide goal to have 60% of working-age Floridians possess post-secondary degrees or certifications by the year 2025. The paper also outlines FPN's support for related policies that can help achieve this goal.

> Philanthropy & Public Education: Partnering in the Sunshine State (PDF)
This 12-page white paper, developed by FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group, describes the valuable role that philanthropy plays in public education in Florida.  It explains how philanthropy can best help policymakers in improving public education - with expertise, connections, reputation & convening power, and as risk takers - and provides some profiles of how foundations are working across the state to help strengthen public education.

Issue Briefs

These two-page Issue Briefs describe the perspectives of FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group on key public education issues:

> Issue Brief: Providing Adequate Resources (PDF)
While Floridians receive an abundance of information on government spending on public education, we know little about how much we should be spending, or whether we are spending our public dollars wisely. State policymakers should invest greater effort in determining how current dollars are spent and how spending might be altered for greater effectiveness. Additionally, policymakers should work to identify a dedicated, sustainable source of revenue for public education.
> Issue Brief: Accelerating STEM Education (PDF)
Improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education in Florida demands a systemic approach, addressing the continuum from teacher training and preparation, to classroom resources and curricula, to assessment and evaluation. We must focus on approaches that are grounded in research and change how and what teachers teach, making STEM a robust component of a balanced curriculum that results in students who can compete in a global, 21st-century economy.
> Issue Brief: Ensuring Teacher Accountability (PDF)
Teacher accountability should be part of a broader system of human capital management in public education. School districts should implement, and the state should encourage, systems that not only measure teachers' year-to-year performance, but that adequately prepare teachers, provide them with rich professional development opportunities and create a challenging career ladder, all while facilitating the process of recruiting, evaluation, rewarding and retaining effective teachers.


> Florida Education Grantmakers Convene to Explore Philanthropy's Role in Education Innovation
> FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group Brings Grantmakers Together for Shared Learning & Action (PDF - 2010 Annual Report excerpt)

The work of FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group is supported in part through the generosity of The Chartrand Foundation, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Helios Education Foundation.


For questions about FPN's Health Funders Group, please contact David Biemesderfer, FPN's President & CEO, 813-983-7396, or Christopher Johnson, FPN's Director of Programs & Learning, 813-983-7397.


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FPN is grateful to the followng members for their support of FPN's mission and work, above their annual dues investment, of $5,000 or more in 2014:

Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Inc.

Bank of America

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay 

Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Florida Blue Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Health Foundation of South Florida

Helios Education Foundation

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JPMorgan Chase

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Quantum Foundation

Wells Fargo

Winter Park Health Foundation

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