Florida Philanthropic Network

FPN Advocacy & Public Policy

FPN's Public Policy Role

Florida Philanthropic Network plays an active role in representing philanthropy in Florida and in advocating on behalf of philanthropy in Florida. FPN focuses its public policy work on the state level, but is also active in representing philanthropy with Florida's congressional delegation.

FPN's Public Policy Principles

Six basic principles drive the public policy work of Florida Philanthropic Network:

Principles regarding philanthropy's right to participate in the public square:

1. Advocate for full participation of foundations, corporate giving programs and nonprofits in public policy dialogue and advocacy that affects their organizations, communities and the people they serve.

2. Recognize and support the role of foundations as stewards of resources for the public good to strengthen and improve the health and vitality of communities and residents.

Principles regarding the philanthropy field and what we expect of ourselves:

3. Encourage charitable giving.

4. Encourage the growth, maintenance and vitality of foundations and corporate giving programs.

5. Promote the ethical disposition of private resources for the public good.

6. Ensure the ability of grantmakers and FPN itself to fully perform their roles as equitable employers.

FPN State Advocacy & Public Policy

FPN Helps Launch Florida Charitable Advisory Partnership to Advise State Charity Regulators
FPN, in partnership with the Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA), launched the Florida Charitable Advisory Partnership (FCAP) in February 2015 with a kick-off meeting in Tallahassee. Comprised of philanthropic, community and charitable leaders in Florida, FCAP will advise state charity regulators on matters pertinent to Florida's charitable nonprofit sector. A primary focus of FCAP's work will be on advising the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which regulates charitable solicitations in the state, but the group will also seek to work with the Florida Department of State and Florida Attorney General. [Read More]

Tallahassee Democrat Column by FPN CEO David Biemesderfer:
"Proposed Legislation Would Benefit Charities"

FPN President & CEO David Biemesderfer co-wrote a column with Rena Coughlin, a fellow board member of the Florida Nonrprofit Alliance, in the 3/23/14 Tallahasse Democrat that explains why both funders and nonprofits should support the proposed charity legislation first brought forward by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. "FPN believes the proposed revisions will help ensure donors can remain confident their charitable contributions are being used as promised to support the causes and organizations they care about, leading to a positive environment in Florida for charitable giving," Biemesderfer wrote.
[Read the Column]

Florida's Medicaid ChoiceIssue Brief: Florida's Medicaid Choice - Options and Implications
(February 2014)
This two-page educational brief provides an overview of key issues for Florida policymakers and stakeholders to consider around the issue of Florida's decision on whether or not to receive federal Medicaid expansion funding. The brief was authored by Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, and was commissioned by FPN and its Health Funders Group.
[Download the Brief]

FPN Supports Commissioner Putnam's Proposed Changes to Florida's Charity Laws
On Jan. 15, 2014, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced his legislative proposal to revise Florida's laws regulating charities and charitable solicitation. The proposal is in response to the Tampa Bay Times' "America's Worst Charities" investigative report, which highlighted the unscrupulous practices of for-profit telemarketers used by some charities to solicit donations. FPN supports the Commissioner's proposal. [Read More]


Florida's 2011-2012 Budget ReportFPN Report: Florida's FY 2011-2012 Budget: The Impact on Nonprofits
On May 6, 2011, the Florida Legislature passed a $69.7 billion budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year beginning July 1, down from a $70.4 billion budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. To help our members understand how the budget will impact Florida's nonprofit sector, Florida Philanthropic Network has prepared a summary report of some items in the budget that are of particular interest to Florida grantmakers regarding state funding of the nonprofits that they support. This report is an initial, "first cut" look at the state's budget for the next fiscal year.  [Download the Report]

Not Exactly Retiring in FloridaNew Report Highlights FPN's Work in Strengthening Philanthropy-Government Relationships
A new report by the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative (PAI) tells the story of how FPN's Statewide Summit on Philanthropy helped accelerate the conversation between philanthropy and state government leaders in Florida.  The report, "Not Exactly Retiring in Florida," holds up FPN's cross-sector efforts as a model of how foundations can better engage with influential Americans.  PAI is a project supported by five of the nation's largest foundations: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  [Download the Report]

FPN, Florida Attorney General Co-Sponsor Gang Prevention Convening
More than 30 representatives of philanthropy, nonprofits, government, education and law enforcement gathered in Tampa on July 16 in an FPN co-sponsored convening to engage in a cross-sector discussion on how to create effective youth gang prevention and intervention strategies in Hillsborough County. FPN co-sponsored the pilot convening with the Florida Office of the Attorney General and the David C. Anchin Center at the University of South Florida. [Read More]

Convening Sponsors

Convening co-sponsors (L-R) Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum; Katie Ensign, President of Florida Philanthropic Network; and Dr. Bruce Jones, Director of the David C. Anchin Center, University of South Florida

FPN's Katie Ensign Appointed to Florida Advisory Committee on Economic Security

FPN President Katie Ensign has been appointed to a state committee that advises the Florida Department of Children and Families on its provision of safety-net services to Florida citizens - services that have become all the more critical in today's economic downturn. [Read More]

Florida's "Stimulus Czar" Reviews Recovery Act With State' 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. [Read More]

FPN Takes Action to Strengthen Philanthropy-Government Engagement & Partnership
On May 12-15, 2009, Florida Philanthropic Network held grantmaker roundtables in four regions of the state, in partnership with four regional grantmaker groups, to discuss how to continue strengthening the engagement and partnership between philanthropy and state government in Florida.  The roundtables continued a conversation which began at FPNís Statewide Summit on Philanthropy in January 2009.  As a result of the roundtable discussions, FPN has mapped out several key strategies for moving forward in its efforts to strengthen philanthropy-government partnerships and engagement in Florida.  Read FPN's report on the roundtables and its planned action steps.

FPN Opposes Elimination of Sales Tax Exemption for Florida Nonprofits

During Florida's 2009 legislative session, Florida Philanthropic Network voiced its opposition to a proposal that would have eliminated virtually all nonprofit sales tax exemptions in the state.  FPN pointed out that extracting a tax from charities was not the answer to Florida's financial problems, as many nonprofits are struggling themselves during the stateís severe economic recession, facing dwindling financial resources while the demand for their critical services increase.  Read FPN's letter opposing the sales tax proposal.

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FPN Leadership Circle

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

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Quantum Foundation

Wells Fargo

Winter Park Health Foundation

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