Resources & information for Florida
foundations & nonprofits on leading in today's new economic
This Web site from the Florida Governor Charlie Crist's
office provides continuously updated information on how all federal stimulus funds are being used in Florida and the specific status of Florida projects.
The recovery.org Web site is a useful place to keep track of Recovery Act spending.
The site (not to be confused with the federal
recovery.gov site) is currently tracking
more than 1,600 projects in Florida, totaling $5 billion, that have received Recovery Act funds.
"Stimulus Czar" Reviews Recovery Act With
State's Foundations, Nonprofits
At a June 16 FPN
Webinar, Florida Economic Stimulus Special Advisor Don
Winstead gave a detailed overview of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to more than 60
foundation and nonprofit representatives. He described
how Florida will receive $14.1 billion over the next
three years from the Act, and identified several
possible opportunities for private funders to help
Florida maximize the federal stimulus dollars it
receives. Download Winstead's presentation (PDF)
Foundations for Education Excellence Portal
This online resource from the Foundation Center is aimed at helping education funders align their grantmaking
- and maximize their overall impact - with funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The resource is part of a new national initiative
to engage philanthropic institutions and education leaders across the country in a unified, strategic drive to improve public education.
Economy Not Key in Residents' Love for Where They Live, Study Finds
A Gallup study of 26 U.S. communities finds that the worst economic crisis in decades is not a key factor in attracting and retaining residents. The Soul of the Community survey, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, reveals that a community's social offerings, physical beauty and openness to new and different people
are most important to making residents love where they live. Bradenton, FL has the most resident attachment of all communities surveyed.
to Funding Basic Human Needs in a Challenging Economy
guide for funders from the Association of Baltimore Area
Grantmakers takes an in-depth look at eight areas
critical to maintaining self sufficiency that suffer
during an economic downturn. Although the guide is
focused on the needs of Central Marylanders, much of its
information can be applicable to other regions of the
The Council on Foundations' online
resource covering the current economy's impact on
Foundation Center: Focus on the Economic Crisis
The Center has compiled a comprehensive set of resources
and information to help foundations and nonprofits
address the economic downturn.
Grantmaking in Challenging Economic Times
briefing from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations,
based on conversations with hundreds of grantmakers,
offers insights to foundation leaders on how to minimize
the impact of the economic crisis on the people, causes
and organizations they support.
in Nonprofit M&A (PDF)
This issue brief from
Arabella Advisors looks at nonprofit M&A - "mergers and
alliances" - from a donor's perspective. The brief
explores successes, challenges, opportunities, trends
and special considerations for those who may be
interested in supporting nonprofit M&A activity.
Florida Among 10 States in Fiscal Peril, New Pew Report Says
Florida is one of nine states, in addition to California, that is in serious fiscal peril due to the recession, according to a new report by the Pew Center on the States, "Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril." The report ranks Florida has having the seventh-worst fiscal outlook, and notes that "Florida's choices for bringing its ledger into balance are limited because it has no income taxes and its per-capita spending on
education and social services is already low, so cuts are difficult to make."
Download the report (PDF).
Florida Posted Largest Poverty-Rate Increase in 2008
Florida saw the largest one-year poverty-rate increase of all states in 2008, according to a Census Bureau report. The state's poverty rate
grew from 12.1% to 13.2%
(+1.1%), followed by California, which saw a +0.9% rise. Florida’s
2008 poverty rate was equal to the national average, and ranked 23rd out of the 50 states and D.C. View a state-by-state table
Annual Economic Review: Troubling Trends Threaten Florida's Well-Being
In its first annual examination of Florida's key economic indicators, the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy concludes that the numbers add up to disturbing trends that threaten the well-being of the state and its people. Personal income, how that income is distributed through the workforce, the nature of jobs in the state, the level of spending by Florida government and the outcomes of that spending all paint a cloudy picture. The findings raise the question of whether Florida is where it needs to be for the best interests of its people
- and what can be done to improve the situation.
Florida: An Economic Overview (PDF)
This presentation from the Florida
Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research offers
many sobering details on the current state of Florida's economy.
One example: In 2008, Florida's GDP ranked 48th in the nation in
real growth with a decline of (-1.6%). In 2005, the state's GDP
Nonprofits Stretched Thin and Financially Distressed, Report
While the nonprofit sector in Northeast Florida has grown at
a healthy pace in the past decade, the sector today is stretched
thin and financially distressed, according to the latest edition
of the State of the Sector, a periodic status report on the
region's nonprofit sector underwritten by the Jessie Ball duPont
Fund for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. The
report notes that the financial health of the region’s
nonprofits has suffered as a result of the recession, with 42%
operating in the red in 2008 - up sharply from 33% in 2007.
Southeast Florida Nonprofits Still Feeling Impact of Tough Economic Times, Survey Finds
Many nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin counties and surrounding areas are struggling to keep their organizations running at full capacity at a time when needs have increased dramatically, according to a new report by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Allegany Franciscan Ministries. But tough times have also sparked ingenuity in the sector, with organizations reporting they are collaborating more with other nonprofits and building endowments needed to weather future storms. Nonprofits cited obtaining funding, recruiting donors and covering employee payroll and benefits costs among their top challenges.
Miami Nonprofits Report Growing Demand for Services, Declines in Funding
While 75% of Greater Miami nonprofits report an increased demand for their services, an equal share report their funding being down by 11% or more, according to the Dade Community Foundation's
2009 Nonprofit Economic Impact Survey Report. The report also shows that 45% of nonprofits had to lay off staff in 2009. Yet these groups maintain a resolve to keep up with demand for services - somehow.
Making Strategic Changes to Cope With Recession
Jacksonville nonprofits have made numerous changes in
how they operate in response to the current economic
downturn, according to a Fall 2009 report by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. 76% of nonprofits surveyed have made
strategic organizational changes, with the most common
change being a shift in target client base or
programmatic focus, while 59% have increased advocacy
with government, 52% have changed board operations, 46%
have reduced or frozen wages and benefits, and 35% have
Describe the Impact of the Economic Crisis on
Few foundations are in a position to increase their
giving in the wake of the economic crisis, according to the
Foundation Center's recent research advisory.
Foundations Expect to Reduce Grantmaking in 2009
two-thirds of foundations expect to reduce the number or size of
their grants in 2009, according to a research advisory from
the Foundation Center, and more than half are reacting to the
economic crisis by engaging in more non-grantmaking activities.
Download the six-page advisory (PDF)
Nonprofits Show Resilience Amid Fiscal Stress
Although 83% of U.S. nonprofits report being under significant stress from the recession,
many still have been able to increase the services they provide to vulnerable people,
according to a study from the Johns Hopkins Listening Post project.
In Their Own Words: Foundation Giving Forecast
The Foundation Center's compilation of foundations'
announcements concerning their giving forecasts.
Nonprofits Strained to Breaking Point by Recession,
America's nonprofits, including the
"lifeline" organizations that many depend on for basic
services, are strained to the breaking point, according
to a survey by the Nonprofit Finance Fund.
Two Surveys Confirm Charity Leaders' Perceptions:
Recession's Impact Runs Deep
Faced with a grim
financial picture, an increasing percentage of charity
leaders are tapping reserve funds, creating contingency
plans and taking steps to protect their most important
programs, and most remain optimistic, two studies show.
Anonymous Giving Gains in Popularity as Recession
Data compiled by The Chronicle of
Philanthropy, and anecdotal reports from fundraisers and
advisers to donors, suggest that a rising number of
people are choosing to give anonymously.