Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

College Access & Success Initiative

Learn more about FPN's College Access & Success Initiative

Florida Philanthropic Network is proud to announce a new opportunity for Community Foundations of Florida (CFF) members as part of a partnership with Helios Education Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. With their support, FPN is launching College Access & Success Initiative, a new, two-year project that builds on the success of the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and its mission to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access and completion for all students.

Community Foundations of Florida members will have the opportunity to enhance, strengthen and sustain their local college access networks with dollar-for-dollar matching challenge grants that community foundations can employ to support local collaborative efforts. The grant will also fund a statewide learning community and toolkit focused on strategies and best practices to support local collaborative efforts; data collection and analysis; an innovative scholarship working group to explore non-traditional scholarship programs and products; and a white paper documenting the working group's findings.

College Access & Success Initiative is intended to leverage local private investment, through Florida community foundations, to engage and sustain college access coalitions, thereby increasing the college-going and post­ secondary completion rates of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education and building a college­ going culture throughout the state.

CASI Learning Community Convening October 10, 2018 - Notes and Resources

The inagural CASI Learning Community Convening was held in Tampa.  Both meeting notes and resources are below.  We look forward to continuing to work together on this community.

Any use of the CASI logo and or name, preparation and distribution of news releases, or promotional materials, development of a public relations strategy, including special events, news conferences or other public announcement regarding the Grant shall be coordinated with the Grantor’s marketing and communications department. Only the approved CASI logo may be used.

The following language shall be used when the logo is not applicable: The College Access and Success Initiative is an initiative of the Florida Philanthropic Network, made possible through funding from the Helios Education Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.

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Leadership Kit For Increasing College and Career Readiness, Access, and Completion

Improving college and career readiness, access and success is complex work requiring significant resources and deep involvement by many. As capable, connected community leaders, community foundations can play a number of roles to guide their communities toward greater education attainment, a more prepared and skilled workforce, and as a result, a better quality of life for the community as a whole.  

This website and its companion toolkit prepare community foundations to define a leadership role in the context of a “local college access network” (LCAN), a community coalition of leaders and organizations collectively devoted to increasing college and career preparation, access and success, and to leverage successful leadership strategies used by community foundations and other partners already engaged in this work.

Funding for the College Access and Success Initiative and this toolkit was made possible by generous gifts from Helios Education Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, and adapted from a brief and toolkit developed by the Council of Michigan Foundations.

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