Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

CFF Resources

  • Census 2020 Hard to Count Map

    The Census Bureau announced that 18.6 million households have already responded to the census online, and the Bureau has made response rate data available.

  • #FOTH20: Florida Philanthropy

    A one-page handout distributed during the 2020 Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) about the well-being of Florida residents, the scale of investments by state grantmakers, and Florida philanthropy's agenda.

  • COVID-19 Grantee Survey

    A COVID-19 grantee survey for foundations created by Delivering Good and shared courtesy of Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

  • Census 2020 Meeting September 12

    Presentations shared by the speakers who participated in the Florida, Yes You Count Census 2020 convening in Orlando on September 12, 2019.

  • Status of Florida Girls

    This collection of research studies commissioned by the Florida Women's Funding Alliance, an Affinity Group of FPN, and conducted by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center have uncovered significant rates of violence and victimization among certain segments of girls in their communities, particularly girls of color and those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or unsure.

  • EAG Spring Meeting 2019

    More about the governor's 2019 education agenda as seen in the two recent executive orders on post-secondary attainment and K-12 standards

  • EAG Summer 2018 Convening - Resources and Presentations

    Florida education funders and education leaders gathered at Central Florida Foundation in Orlando for presentations on Florida Policy Landscape for Early Success, Early Success Plans, High School Graduation Rates and Statistical Dissconnects, and Innovative Scholarships' Survey Results and Goals. In addition, Philanthropy's Role with the Florida Partnership for Attainment was discussed.

  • The Status of Women in Florida by County: Health & Well-Being

    Florida Ranks 35th in the Nation for Women’s Health & Well-Being

    New report shows wide disparities by race and ethnicity for chronic health issues such as diabetes and AIDS

    A new county-level analysis of the health status of women in Florida, released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in partnership with the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance (FWFA), finds that women in Florida have higher rates of AIDS and diabetes, slightly more days per month of poor mental health, and lower access to health insurance coverage than women in the United States overall. The report recommends policies that could address health disparities for women of color, increase the supply of quality mental healthcare providers, and support those with health issues and their caregivers through paid family and medical leave and paid sick days.

    Florida overall received a C- on IWPR’s Health & Well-Being Composite Index—composed of nine health indicators that provide a basis for ranking and grading each state in the nation—but the report finds wide disparities in women’s status by county and by race and ethnicity.

  • The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings

    The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings examines data on women’s employment, earnings and occupations and trends over time, including research and analysis necessary to make data-driven decisions. Released by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in partnership with Florida Philanthropic Network and Florida Women’s Funding Alliance.

    In this webcast, Julie Anderson, M.A., Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and members of Florida Women's Funding Alliance discuss: 

    • New data on women's employment and earnings status in Florida
    • Findings on wide disparities in the employment and earnings of women of color
    • Updates on recommendations for policies and programs to reduce barriers and ensure equity in Florida women’s employment and earnings
  • The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings

    Women have made progress over the past several decades; there are, however, significant areas for improvement for women in Florida. Since the publication of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s 2004 report The Status of Women in the States, Florida’s grade for women’s employment and earnings has worsened from a C- to a D+. The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings examines data on women’s employment, earnings and occupations and trends over time, including research and analysis necessary to make data-driven decisions.

  • FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit

    FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit prepares Florida Philanthropic Network members to educate on issues affecting Florida grantmakers; encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues; and connect with grantmakers from outside Florida and learn how they are approaching policy in their home states. FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit includes a one-pager and expanded sections like, Why are we here?, Co-Investors in the Community (Key Issues) and Being Social at FOTH. The 2018 Toolkit also introduces FPN's Advocacy Libs – fill-in-the-blank templates to help craft messaging for elected officials on key issues!

  • What’s in it for Everyone? Aligning Your Values to Global Goals

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    How can a global strategy inform and improve Florida grantmaking? Even if you’re unfamiliar with the Global Goals, chances are your grantmaking and grantees are interconnected to this universal approach toward investing in our future. This crash course introduction to Global Goals gives you the tools to support local and regional messaging around a global strategy and map your existing grantmaking to the Global Goals framework.

  • CEO Roundtable: Calculating Risks

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    OPEN YOUR EYES to the risks and responsibilities of CEOs in protecting your organization. Risk management is more than worrying about potential negatives; it’s addressing threats before they become crises and recognizing opportunities before they pass you by. Discover new perspectives on risk management and share successes and failures with your Florida foundation peers. This session is for CEOs and C-Suite leaders.

  • Assessing the How of Grantmaking

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    Does your grantmaking help organizations become more sustainable? Learn what you need to know to successfully answer the five core questions of grantmaking evaluation and ensure your time, energy and money are contributing to lasting impact.

  • Play-by-Playbook: Strategies for Disaster Philanthropy

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

    In the aftermath of disaster or tragedy, the philanthropic sector often plays a critical role in relief and recovery efforts, but the planning begins long before disaster strikes. Learn how disaster preparedness partnerships build trust, ensure continuity and remove competition for better, more efficient community response during the 2017 Hurricane season. Explore existing and potential partnerships, review specific strategies for communities in crisis and build your own Disaster Playbook around your organization’s grantmaking and leadership priorities.

  • Census 2020: The Impact of an Inaccurate Count

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

    Learn more about Census 2020 and how an inaccurate count impacts our state, including Immigrant, Aging and LGBTQ communities through loss of Federal funding and the implications to the philanthropic community. Speakers who are working on the issue both nationally and locally inform attendees about options for organizations to take policy action on the federal/state/local levels as well as how to coordinate with the nonprofit community to support the decennial census.

  • Communicating the Value of Corporate Giving

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    As corporate social responsibility (CSR) continues to evolve from an optional practice to a strategic priority, values alignment is key to authenticity. How can corporate grantmakers communicate core values through grantmaking, balancing both public perception and social impact? Discussion with corporate grantmakers and communications experts on best practices for aligning your brand, core values and grantmaking.

  • Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

    Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state and Florida is no exception. Its impact is felt across Florida communities and populations from the Keys to the panhandles and everywhere in between. Using the most recent available data, learn how this issue impacts our state followed by a discussion about how as funders we can collaborate to work on an issue that is currently not resonating with the grantmaking community. Through brainstorming exercises focusing on the Collective Impact model, we will work to come up with ways that we can bring the issue of Human Trafficking out of the shadows and begin to engage in community conversations.

  • Climate Resilience and Environmental Justice in Florida Communities

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

    The existential threats to people and the environment from climate change are increasingly well understood. NOAA’s 27th annual State of the Climate report revealed record-setting climate change indicators in 2016, resulting in extreme global events including late-season Hurricane Matthew, which devastated parts of Northeast Florida. In addition to more active hurricane seasons, climate change indicators – such as extreme heat, severe drought and vector-born disease such as Zika – carry systemic implications for Florida’s marginalized communities. Experts shared why climate justice, community-based change initiatives and integrating climate resilience and equity into your grantmaking portfolio deserves philanthropic attention, as well as important ways philanthropy can support and amplify this work.

  • Policy Update: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

    Attendees analyzed current policy issues to better understand how they affect Florida grantmakers' ability to fund change and help improve quality of life in the Sunshine State.

  • Trust, Media & Democracy

    Plenary session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, moderates a panel on the future of journalism in an age challenged by rising mistrust in media and a rampant spread of misinformation in this digital age. Joining him are David Lawrence Jr., Alexandra Villoch, Lorena Estrada and Sam Gill.

  • Funders Together Florida Meeting

    Florida grantmakers working to end homelessness in the state gathered at the #2018FPN Funders Together Florida meeting. Attendees discussed upcoming programming and direction for the coming year.

  • Communications Affinity Group Meeting

    FPN's Communications Affinity Group held its annual meeting at #2018FPN with staff and board members of foundations and other grantmaking organizations who have communications responsibilities, to share your experiences, questions and insights. Learn how South Florida’s independent sector and community stakeholders are building strategic partnerships through community-led initiatives and commitment to public service with speakers from United Way of Miami-Dade, Radical Partners and Florida International University. 

  • It's All in the Family: Putting Your Values Into Practice

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    Family values are at the center of our family foundations, but how can we ensure they’re aligned with our grantmaking? This session helps those with or without articulated or implicit values understand the keys to living those values and having conversations about them. The session introduced a set of concrete tools for initiating and managing effective conversations. 

  • Fuel on the Fire of Change featuring Ann Christiano

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    For those working on a cause they care about, their first instinct is often to make sure that as many people as possible are aware of the issue. But when our work is rooted in change, is it ever enough for people to simply know more about something? Public relations professor and public interest communicator Ann Christiano opened #2018FPN with tools rooted in social science that are fundamental to driving change. Ann Christiano is the the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida.

  • What Drives Others? Creating a Collaborative Culture

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    This fast-paced workshop will provide insights and tools to help you decode your and others' drives, understand motivating needs and consider how these play out in the workplace. 

  • Innovative Scholarships - Updating Practices for Improved Outcomes

    Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy. 

    Moving the needle to create equity is no easy task. In order to create measurable change, foundations and other educational organizations must be willing to take risks and try new, nontraditional approaches to support students. During this session, attendees learned about new practices and innovative programs highlighted in a recently published white paper authored by Helios Education Foundation. The session will also include roundtable discussions facilitated by experts with practical experience creating and administering innovative approaches to support student success. Attendees left the session with an understanding of how nontraditional approaches such as emergency scholarships, wraparound supports, Promise scholarships, and performance-based scholarships can be applied to promote postsecondary success among traditionally underserved students. 

  • Beyond Traditional Scholarships

    This policy brief examines creative scholarship models that meet the needs of underserved students, often by moving beyond monetary aid in the direction of wrap-around student supports. While continuing to provide financial relief for income-qualified students, a number of these programs couple academic supports along with financial assistance in order to address non-monetary needs that often impede completion.

  • Staying Connected: How Five Foundations Understand Those They Seek to Help

    CEP’s 2016 report, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy, finds that foundation leaders believe learning from the experiences of those they are ultimately trying to help holds a great deal of promise for increasing foundation impact in the coming decades. But CEP research also shows that both funders and grantees alike don’t always see this learning happening.

    So, how are foundations that are rated highly by their grantees on their understanding of beneficiary needs doing this work?

    Staying Connected: How Five Foundations Understand Those They Seek to Help profiles five foundations ranked among the top 15 percent of foundations that commissioned a Grantee Perception Report (GPR) between 2016 and 2017 when it comes to how their grantees rated them on questions related to their understanding of intended beneficiaries’ needs. The work of these five foundations seeks to help beneficiaries in a range of focus areas — from students to children and adults in need of affordable health care.

    The foundations profiled are: Nord Family Foundation in Amherst, OH; Helios Education Foundation in Phoenix, AZ; the Duke Endowment in Charlotte, NC; the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owing Mills, MD; and SC Ministry Foundation in Cincinnati, OH.

    The Fund for Shared Insight provided funding for this report.

  • FEMA VAL Contacts in Florida

    List of FEMA Liaisons and their geographic assignments. FPN members should feel free to reach out with any questions and/or to connect on Hurricane Irma Disaster Response. Some of them have already made some great connections and are working very collaboratively.

  • Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition

    Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition is based on data from 258 companies. This report not only presents a profile of corporate philanthropy and employee engagement, but also includes a Trends Summary that highlights the prominent features of corporate societal investment.

  • EAG Fall 2017 Convening - Resources and Presentations

    Florida education funders and education leaders gathered at Quail Hollow Elementary School for a unique hands-on experience observing effective instruction consistent with the Florida Standards, interactions with principals and teachers and discussion on challenges and accomplishments. Funders also heard initial results and next steps of the College Access and Success Initiative, as well as insights into the upcoming legislative session. 

  • Fund the People Toolkit

    Fund the People created this toolkit to provide practical guidance, promising practices, and illustrative data to help funders, nonprofits, and others to maximize investments in the nonprofit workforce. Nonprofit people are nonprofit programs. Given this reality, supporting the nonprofit workforce is an effective strategy for increasing performance, impact, and sustainability.

  • Crafting Your IT Security Policy

    In this webinar Community IT Innovators CTO Matt Eshelman explores the nonprofit IT security landscape in 2017 laying out recent threats and trends. He takes you through a manageable outline to create or update a policy for your organization that will address different levels of access to data; confidentiality and security; emails, passwords and 2-step authentication; and what policies need to be in place for staff devices whether yours or theirs.

  • The Economic Impact of Florida Nonprofits by Florida Nonprofit Alliance

    Nonprofits are more important than ever, not only through their various health, human service and educational services, but also in their significant contribution to the overall economy. While there is considerable focus on the public and private sectors of our economy, the nonprofit sector’s economic contributions draw little attention.

    The Florida Nonprofit Alliance has commissioned a tailored report that provides an overview of Florida’s nonprofits and their positive economic impact on the state. This critical study provides the state’s elected officials, business community and its nonprofit sector with clear, concise and accurate information on the breadth and financial scope of the nonprofit sector, ultimately providing factual support for the investment in the services and resources nonprofits supply. 

    Watch the recording below as Florida Nonprofit Alliance Executive Director Sabeen Perwaiz takes a deeper look at the report and how you can apply the findings to your work. 

  • Key Findings: Poverty & the Gender Wage Gap

    This one-pager highlights key findings in poverty and the gender wage gap from the Status of Women by County: Poverty & Opportunity report commissioned by FPN's Florida Women's Funding Alliance. In Florida, 15.4 percent of women aged 18 and older live in poverty, placing the state among the bottom third in the country.

  • Beyond Scholarships: How Foundations and Organizations are Rethinking Approaches to Promote Equity

    Moving the needle to create equity is no easy task. In order to create measurable change, foundations and other educational organizations must be willing to take risks and try new innovative approaches to support students. During this webinar, participants learned about work that the Helios Education Foundation, Florida Philanthropic Network and the Florida College Access Network are leading in compiling such practices and innovative programs.

  • Key Findings: Business Ownership

    This one-pager highlights key findings in business ownership from the Status of Women by County: Poverty & Opportunity report commissioned by FPN's Florida Women's Funding Alliance. Florida is among the states with the largest number of women-owned businesses and the greatest growth in women-owned businesses.

  • Key Findings: Higher Education

    This one-pager highlights key findings in higher education from the Status of Women by County: Poverty & Opportunity report commissioned by FPN's Florida Women's Funding Alliance. Florida ranks in the bottom third of the nation for the percent of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • Key Findings: Health Insurance

    This one-pager highlights key findings in health insurance from the Status of Women by County: Poverty & Opportunity report commissioned by FPN's Florida Women's Funding Alliance. Women’s coverage rates are higher than men’s in every racial and ethnic group; yet Florida ranks 50th in the nation for its share of nonelderly women with health insurance.

  • GuideStar Local Nonprofit Directory for Community Foundations

    GuideStar, the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, has released GuideStar Local Nonprofit Directory, a comprehensive nonprofit search and directory capability that can be installed on any community foundation's website in minutes. With GuideStar Local Nonprofit Directory, a community foundation or local giving initiative can focus donor intelligence on nonprofits in the community it serves without having to build a custom solution or pay expensive maintenance costs.

  • 21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Foundations

    The world has changed dramatically since the first community foundation opened its doors in 1914. Today, these organizations play vital roles in more than 750 communities, but they also face competition from new philanthropy vehicles. This report looks at resources and tools that can help community foundations continue to identify and meet needs in their communities.

  • New maps display Medicaid/CHIP enrollment by Congressional district

    These interactive maps from Georgetown University CCF show the percent of children and adults covered by Medicaid (and in the case of children, CHIP) in each congressional district. Compare your Congressional districts with other areas of the country based on the 114th Congress. You can zoom out and see how your district compares to other parts of the country or download a state-specific handout to see the full break-out of sources of health care coverage by district in your entire state.

  • Advocacy Funder Collaboratives

    For this suite of resources, GrantCraft captured the wisdom of philanthropic leaders who have participated in multi-party advocacy collaboratives and conducted a literature scan of how foundations talk about advocacy-focused collaborative work.

  • The Resilient Organization: Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

    The Resilient Organization, developed by TechSoup with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.

  • SDG Indicator Wizard Widget

    The SDG Indicator Wizard helps you determine which Sustainable Development Goal(s) and Targets relate to your work, and which Indicators you can track in conjunction with your own indicators to measure your work's impact. It will assist you to translate your strategic priorities into an SDG-compatible framework consisting of the relevant goal(s), targets, and indicators that are universally comparable.

  • Policy Update: Johnson Amendment

    The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers supports the continued full enforcement of current law that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities—also known as the “Johnson Amendment.” Click through for access to articles, legislation and other resources to bettern understand implications of repeal of the Johnson Amendment. 

  • Communications Affinity Group Meeting

    Connect with staff and board members of foundations and other grantmaking organizations who have communications responsibilities, to share your experiences, questions and insights.

  • Peer to Peer: At the Heart of Influencing More Effective Philanthropy

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has had a long-standing commitment to increasing the effectiveness of grantmaking organizations, a commitment reflected in its Philanthropy Grantmaking Program. In 2015, the Foundation commissioned Harder+Company Community Research, in partnership with Edge Research, to conduct a field scan to inform its own strategies in this area as well as those of other organizations working to increase philanthropic effectiveness.

  • Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Grantmaking

    Since 2008, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has been elevating racial equity and social justice as a critical issue affecting the field of arts philanthropy. In 2013, the board approved a motion to make racial equity an organizational priority, and in 2015, GIA published its landmark Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose. The statement included definitions, recommendations, and other resources to support arts funders in taking up and continuing this important work. This session will present an overview of GIA's work to date and offer attendees actionable steps that individuals and institutions can take to advance racial equity in their philanthropic practices.

  • Florida 2030 with Florida Chamber Foundation

    By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home and 2 million more jobs will be needed. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, we need a plan for Florida’s future that develops high-wage jobs, diversifies the economy, ensures global competitiveness and creates vibrant communities. The Florida Chamber Foundation is leading the charge to write the blueprint for Florida’s future — Florida 2030. This two-year research program will stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future and engage business and community leaders in each of Florida’s 67 counties in identifying key trends and the factors that can drive their regional economy. Florida 2030 is our opportunity to work together to strengthen your community, your business, and your future. The Florida 2030 presentation provides a recap of FPN’s Leadership Conversations and further discussion of the Florida 2030 initiative.

  • Prioritizing Grantee Inclusion for Transformational Solutions

    Partnering with grantees to shape what we do and how we do it is the best way to achieve our shared goals of social change. In fact, research shows that grantmakers who are more connected to their grantees are more likely to provide the support that nonprofits need to be successful. But shifting the grantmaker-grantee relationship from transactional to transformational requires that grantmakers not only commit to grantee inclusion, but also understand the seismic shift in practice that may be needed in order to develop strong relationships. Join Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) to learn and discuss what it really takes to prioritize grantee inclusion and learn tools and frameworks that will help build a habit of reflective practice.

  • Building Stronger Communities Together: Immigrants and Asset Building

    Immigrants and refugees play a vital role in our economy as catalysts for community revitalization, particularly in rural areas. Newcomers help to strengthen city and state economies as workers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. Yet, many first and second-generation immigrants struggle to achieve economic stability and have limited access to asset building tools and services that would further contribute to local economies and help them achieve long-term financial security. Given the demographic importance of the foreign-born population and their children in our workforce and economy, there is a pressing need to examine current trends and their implications for philanthropy. What can funders gain by examining the immigrant dimensions of their grantmaking strategies that seek to expand economic opportunity and learning about asset-building strategies for low-income communities? And how can the challenges facing immigrant populations in rural areas be addressed in order to help revitalize communities that are often under-resourced? 

  • Coastal Algae Blooms Causes and Solutions: What is Philanthropy's Role in Solving the Crisis

    Blue-green algae blooms created catastrophes in coastal communities last year. Severity and duration of blue-green algae appears to be increasing. In other coastal areas previously unknown brown algae is blamed for fish kills. Outbreaks of red tide have long plagued Gulf waters and impacting marine life and exposing human to airborne toxics. Some affected people are upset with government for failing to stop pollution, but government officials say not enough is known about causes and resources are scarce. Advocates want stronger laws and more public funds to treat pollution sources. How can Florida’s philanthropic leaders step up to the challenge? Mote Marine Lab’s Dr. Vince Lovko, a harmful algae bloom expert will discuss algae trends and causes. What is known? Will more monitoring and improved technologies help us understand the challenges? Audubon Florida’s Eric Draper, a long-time water quality advocate will talk about efforts to control human-caused nutrient pollution thought to be the cause blue-green algae outbreaks in waters throughout Florida. Will investments in research, education and advocacy help advance solutions. How do we harness public concern in this time of crisis?

  • Philanthropy’s Role in a New Era

    The Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson delivered the plenary address, "Philanthropy's Role in a New Era," at the Florida Philanthropic Network Summit on Feb. 3, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In this speech, Rapson shared 10 principles for how the foundation does its work, all informed through the foundation's experience in supporting Detroit's revitalization and its transformation from a capital challenge grantmaker to a strategic philanthropy. 

  • Civil Legal Aid: A Natural Ally in Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

    Eradicating poverty, homelessness, domestic violence. Supporting veterans, the elderly and immigrants. Creating healthy communities with affordable housing. No matter what your strategic philanthropic priorities, access to civil legal aid and legal advocacy are strategic tools that can advance philanthropy’s goals and help vulnerable populations achieve social and economic mobility. Civil legal Aid helps people solve problems – it can helps people protect their families, secure safe and affordable housing, protect income and assets, and ensure access to health care. Recent national studies show that 4 out of 5 individuals with low-incomes face a civil justice issue every 18 months. This session focuses on innovation solutions and ways to use civil legal aid as a key strategy to bolster high impact foundation programming and improve economic, social, and health conditions for people and communities.

  • From Iteration to Impact: Evaluation Models for Learning in Real-Time

    Our world moves so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. There is little time for funders to learn mid-stream, share that learning with grantees, and make course corrections together. In this environment, evaluation becomes a post-hoc tool for reporting rather than a tool for experimentation—a critical driver of social change. But more and more funders are undertaking new dynamic and responsive methods of evaluation that prioritize continuous learning with grantees and other community partners. These models for “Learning Out Loud” are helping inform adaptation during program implementation so change-agents can ultimately achieve greater impact. They’re also helping foundations better assess the impact of their own work. Join Community Wealth Partners’ Director of Learning and Impact, Rachel Mosher-Williams, and peer grantmakers from Florida, as they describe the “why” and “how” of dynamic evaluation models, as well as what happens when a foundation commits to learning differently. The session will include opportunities to interact with the speakers and other grantmakers in the room to ensure that attendees walk away with concrete tools and examples.

  • Unpacking Public Policy for Early Grade Success

    Early learning is trending — in the news, on social media, and among many state and national leaders there is a surge of discussion on the importance of child care and early learning. But has that translated into public policy changes and more importantly action? Learn more about the current funding and policy landscape of early learning and early grade success in Florida. Research informs us that investments in early learning and a focus on third grade reading proficiency enable students greater school success; however Florida currently has over 61% of fourth graders not reading at grade-level. We’ll share insights on current laws, system funding, why it matters and how to best implement a strong birth to 8 framework that supports student outcomes. A brief overview of analysis completed in partnership with the University of Florida was presented, along with tips on how to use this data to inform local and state initiatives and systems development.

  • EAG February 2017 Meeting

    FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group met for their annual meeting before the 2017 FPN Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, where attendees heard from leaders in education on Florida Standards implementation efforts and recent developments for increasing post-secondary degree attainment across the state. 

  • Tax and Legal Update

    Get the latest updates on important new tax developments and legal compliance issues that affect grantmakers.

  • Understanding Independent Sector’s Principles for Effective Governance

    Independent Sector's Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising. This webinar focuses on the policies and procedures a board of directors should implement to fulfill its oversight and governance responsibilities effectively.

  • 2015 PISA Results Released

    The results of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have just been released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The results for the USA are once again a mixed bag, but do not show a consistent upward trajectory which is needed. Among the 35 countries, the US performed around average in science, the major domain of this assessment cycle. Its performance was also around average in reading, but below average in mathematics. There has been no significant change in science and reading performance since the last time they were the major domains (science in 2006 and reading in 2009). OECD, Dec. 2016

  • Bolder Advocacy

    An initiative of the Alliance for Justice, Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so.

  • The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective

    Based on the perspectives of more than 200 foundation CEOs collected through in-depth interviews and responses to a survey from May to June of 2016, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspectivecaptures foundation leaders’ views on challenges and concerns about the changing landscape in which they work, practices they believe to hold the most promise for helping foundations reach their potential, and the most pressing issues that will influence foundation philanthropy in the coming years.

  • Corporate Equality Index 2O17

    The nation’s major companies and law firms are advancing in record numbers vital policies and practices to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers around the world, according to the 2017 Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

  • Structural Racism Theater: "The Pernicious Compromise"

    Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’s Structural Racism Theater introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias. It’s edgy, dryly humorous, “shareable,” and an incredibly different direction for WRAG. The first episode, "The Pernicious Compromise," focuses on the timely topic of the Electoral College and its connection to the Three-Fifths Compromise.

  • Gender Equity in the Charitable Sector

    Gender Equity in the Charitable Sector makes the case for why gender equity is one of the most critical issues facing our sector and outlines how next generation charitable sector leaders and charitable organizations can champion gender equity.

    This guide, created by the 2015 American Express NGen Fellows as part of their collaborative project, is designed to be used to understand the issue of gender equity in the charitable sector, reflect on what gender equity means for the future of the sector, and act from a personal, organizational, and sector-wide level to support and promote gender equity.

  • Structural Racism Theater: "Darkness in Emerald City"

    Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, Structural Racism Theater introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias in an edgy, social media-friendly way. In "Darkness in Emerald City," we look at the relationship between implicit bias and institutional racism.

  • Equity: Is Your Foundation Ready to Invest in Building Opportunity for All?

    Research shows that one of the greatest impediments to a prosperous future for all of Michigan's people is unequal access to resources. To help foundation leaders and their boards begin essential conversations about marginalized populations and determine the extent to which their organization's culture and grantmaking practices are aligned with a commitment to expanding opportunity in the communities they serve, CMF developed this discussion guide and self-assessment.

  • A Stronger Nation through Higher Education

    Lumina Foundation's signature report on college attainment statistics is designed to track the progress toward its goal of having 60% of Americans hold a post-secondary degree or credential by the year 2025.

  • Investigating developmental and college-level course enrollment and passing before and after Florida’s developmental education reform

    As we learned in earlier EAG meetings, beginning with 2014 fall semester, developmental education in Florida was made optional for most students. This report from the Dr. Hu at FSU (also a presenter at EAG meetings) compares enrollment and passing rates in developmental reading, writing, and mathematics courses as well as gateway English and mathematics courses. Institute for Education Sciences; Oct. 6, 2016 

  • Trauma-Informed Philanthropy: A Funder's Resource Guide for Supporting Trauma-Informed Practice in the Delaware Valley

    This guide was developed as a partnership of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey with the goal of raising awareness among funders about ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), trauma, and resilience and help them understand how they can apply trauma-informed practice to their work.

  • Education Works Virtual Forum: Challenges of Implementing Florida Standards

    Catch up on the implementation of the Florida Standards since 2014 and the challenges educators have faced in this webinar hosted by FPN and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). Brian Dassler of Florida Department of Education and Ben Jackson of TNTP discuss implementation and what's being done to support teachers and districts.

  • Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices

    The report shares data on crucial topics such as foundations’ evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information. It seeks to provide benchmarking data that will be useful to foundation leaders as they seek to better understand the choices of their peers and think more deeply about their own evaluation goals and strategies.

  • Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices

    Developed in partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI), Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices is the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. The report shares data points and infographics on crucial topics related to evaluation at foundations, such as evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information.

  • GEO 2016: Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity

    Capacity building enables nonprofit leaders and organizations to develop the skills and resources they need to improve their work. Since each situation is unique and circumstances are always changing, effective capacity-building support is tailored to best suit the needs of grantees. This publication offers practical guidance and considerations to help grantmakers design an effective approach.

  • Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy

    Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy in this updated report. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

  • The Power of Board Advocacy: A Discussion Guide for Foundation Boards

    Foundation leaders have a unique opportunity to serve as powerful champions of their missions. Partnering with your grantees can amplify your impact. The following guide is designed to help you start having an honest conversation in the boardroom; a conversation about your foundation’s goals, approach, and, most importantly, vision for the future.

  • New report looks on impact of Giving Days

    While giving days have raised millions of dollars for local causes across the country, a new Knight Foundation report examines their impact on the community foundations that organize them. Giving days, the report found, help community foundations raise their profile, gain digital skills and become information hubs for their communities. Read about it, and register for a virtual roundtable on the findings, at

  • Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors

    In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities.

  • Counting Florida High Quality Certifications

    In May, FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group (EAG) reported on Lumina’s latest report on attainment which, for the first time, included high quality post-secondary certifications. The Florida College System's Eric Godin presented data on how Florida is counting and increasing these certifications.

  • Working Together to Implement the Florida Standards

    While the Florida Standards have been adopted a couple of years ago, implementation continues. Ben Jackson, partner with TNTP, shared his organization’s work in Florida which has highlighted the challenges and continuing needs for our districts to fully implement the standards.

  • CFF Summer Meeting Materials - 2016

    FPN community foundations members met for the Community Foundations of Florida Summer Meeting June 8-9, 2016 in Orlando, FL. Sessions included resources around peer learning exchange, Florida community foundation trends, Florida KIDS COUNT, LGBTQ giving circles and community funds and collective innovation.

  • Putting Racism on the Table: The Racial Mosaic of America (video)

    In the fifth session in WRAG's Putting Racism on the Table series (2016), Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, discussed the experience of nonblack racial minorities in America, the implications of demographic change, and the urgent need to invest in equity.

  • National Teleconference for Funders: Response to Orlando Shooting

    People across the country continue to grieve over the tremendous loss of life that occurred on June 12, when a gunman attacked an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, leaving 49 dead and more than 50 injured, nearly all LGBTQ, Latinx, and young. This was a violent attack against the LGBTQ community, the Latinx/Hispanic community, the Orlando community and our nation.

    Funders concerned about this tragedy and how to best respond joined a national teleconference on June 22, 11 am-noon ET. The teleconference was co-hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, GCIR, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and Women's Funding Network. Click on the link below to listen to the the recording for updates from Florida’s philanthropic community to learn about the current needs, how local philanthropy is responding and the type of help that is needed now and in future; share some lessons learned by funders from other mass shootings; and explore how philanthropy can play a role right now and down the road.

  • Tips for Talking About Philanthropy

    Talk about philanthropy. Appreciate the value of giving. Chances are, your clients give. They already donate generously to their favorite causes in the community and around the world. As a professional advisor, you can help them streamline their giving and enjoy greater tax advantages. Your community foundation can help you do so.

  • Survey Results: The Operation of Women's Funds at Community Foundations

    After a request by a CF Insights member seeking information about the operation of Women's Funds at community foundation, a survey was created and administered to a subset of potential respondents. This short, eight-question survey collected some high-level information about fees pricing, revenue sources, and the proportion of related responsibilities owned by volunteers and community foundation staff.

  • Co-Creation: Viewing Partnerships Through A New Lens

    "Co-Creation" is a case study about the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. The case study examines co-creation, an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013. The companion piece, "Taking on New Roles to Address 21st Century Problems," looks at co-creation from the perspective of a regional association of grantmakers.

  • GMAG Quarterly Webinar: Sharing What Works

    We all have something we’re proud of at our organizations - a new grants system, an innovative way to connect with grantees, an exciting program that is wildly successful, a new approach to evaluation – that we rarely get to talk about outside of our Foundations. FPN's Grants Managers Affinity Group (GMAG) hosted this webinar to share and learn what’s working well for Florida Grantmakers.

  • Foundations on the Hill Toolkit

    This Foundations on the Hill 2016 toolkit for FPN members covers meeting with your legislators, key messages in 2016 legislation and social media engagement. Information provided by Florida Philanthropic Network, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and Council on Foundations.

  • The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy

    In 2015, The Bay Area Justice Funders Network introduced, “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy,” from content curated through literature reviews, interviews, and a generative process that engaged both movement leaders and grantmakers to create a complete guide for effective social justice philanthropy.

  • Disaster Philanthropy Playbook

    Florida Philanthropic Network, a member of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in association with Center for Disaster Philanthropy have launched a new resource that will transform the way philanthropy responds to disasters. The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is now available to all those who seek to help communities prepare for, withstand, and recover from major disasters. The Playbook includes a compilation of philanthropic strategies, best practices, and lessons learned that have saved and galvanized local economies, nonprofits, and vulnerable populations from entering into a permanent downward spiral in the wake of a disaster.

  • CECP - Giving in Numbers

    This webinar covers topics on how societal investment correlates with financial performance, giving trends, the way companies measure societal outcomes and/or impacts.

  • 2016 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

    The Council on Foundations is pleased to partner again with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Now in its fourth year, this award recognizes excellence in partnerships that have transformed communities through collaborations between foundations and government entities. The goal is to highlight the value of public-philanthropic partnerships that positively impact the quality of life for low and moderate income communities — urban, suburban, and rural.

  • New Building Grantee Communications Capacity: A Case Study

    Funders often struggle with how to help their grantees increase their communications know-how. To address that need, over the past two years a group of members of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers developed and tested a program to build their grantees’ communications capacity. The capacity-building program is comprised of training and tailored follow-up to help the organizations plan specific communications, goals, target their audiences, and implement tactics that immediately benefit the organization.

  • Generations Together: A Curriculum for Engaging Youth in Family Philanthropy

    Generations Together is many things: a curriculum that could be followed step-by-step for a comprehensive learning experience, a collection of resources to tap when the time is right, or an ongoing source of inspiration and ideas. It was designed for giving families at every phase—whether you are just starting out or have been active for decades and generations.

  • Unemployment of Floridians with Disabilities Report

    The report shows an employment rate of only 30% for people with disabilities (PWD), ages 16 – 65. Importantly, the research revealed a wide variation of the employment rate from county to county for people with disabilities. This was not true for workers without disabilities. The research was funded by a grant from The Able Trust, to obtain a benchmark employment rate for those they serve, as a primary gauge of the success of programs that The Able Trust funds, and as a measure of the outcomes of the combination of services offered through private and public organizations in the state to increase employment opportunities and actual employment for Floridians with disabilities.

  • CECP Giving in Numbers: 2015 Edition

    Developed by CECP, in association with The Conference Board, Giving in Numbers: 2015 Edition is based on data from 271 companies, including 62 of the largest 100 companies in the Fortune 500. The sum of contributions across all respondents of the recent survey on 2014 contributions totaled more than $18.5 billion in cash and in-kind giving.

  • CF Insights: Helping Florida Unlock Answers in its Data

    CF Insights asks a simple but important question – What if each community foundation could know what all community foundations collectively know? Learn how to provide up-to-date profile and financial data to CF Insights, and how to use the platform to run reports illuminating your operating model and performance in comparison to your peers.

  • Giving in Florida 2015: Florida Foundation Giving Reaches Record High

    Giving by Florida’s foundations reached a record-high $1.5 billion in 2013, increasing 15 percent from the previous year and 50 percent over a 10-year period, according to a new report by Florida Philanthropic Network, Florida’s statewide association of grantmakers. When adding in giving by individual Floridians, charitable giving in Florida totaled $16.3 billion.

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation: KIDS COUNT

    KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States. By providing high-quality data and trend analysis through its KIDS COUNT Data Center, the Foundation seeks to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children — and to raise the visibility of children's issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.

  • 2015 Florida Foundation Salary Reports

    As a benefit of FPN membership, you can view the latest salary report for all Florida foundations, as well as separate reports breaking out Florida community foundation and Florida private foundati

  • Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support

    Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support, looks at how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities around the world. Through examples from a diverse range of foundations, this guide explores how grantmakers work with indigenous peoples, the approaches they take, and the practices they find effective.

  • Simplifying Strategy: A practical toolkit for corporate societal engagement

    CSR executives have difficult jobs. They are expected to be strategic, aligned with business priorities, and focused on results. Yet success often requires navigating ever-changing expectations and a maze of competing priorities. This strategy toolkit, developed by FSG in partnership with CECP, identifies three tools for clarifying your strategy and transforming your portfolio.

  • Nurturing Social-Emotional: Learning in Out-of-School-Time Lessons Learned from the Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative

    The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative invested in a cohort of regional nonprofit organizations to sustain and strengthen their ability to serve more students with stronger academic and social-emotional programming. A midcourse evaluation of the collaborative showed that grantees were stronger, programs were better and are reaching more students, and funders had adopted new, collaborative grantmaking practices. A second phase of the work was committed to more flexibility –– letting grantees drive the group’s planning and learning efforts, and manage consultants, budgeting and group communications. Grantees also opted to redirect the focus of the collaborative from capacity building to program development and evaluation, with the added goal of sharing effective afterschool and summer program models with others, both inside and outside the region.

  • DIY Strategy Improvements: 10 Activities for Community Foundations

    What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many leaders of community foundations, especially small ones who don’t have the time or money for a big process, anxiety is the feeling that follows. If that’s the case, this guide is for you.

  • Personalized Learning Initiatives

    Jen Okwudili and John Fisher of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented information on personalized learning the various forms it may take. They shared the BMGF’s work in personalized learning including where the foundation is making investments around the country (Pinellas and Lake Counties in Florida). The approach will vary by grantee and most are in the process of developing their plans. 

  • Case Study – Messaging the Transition to the Florida Standards: A Collaborative Model for Increasing Citizen Understanding

    Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar presented on a program of JPEF which is about to be released in the community. JPEF is to providing the community information and perspective on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and results which will be released shortly. They are partnering with a number of other organizations and are finalizing a toolbox of resources which communicate consistent messaging. The goal is to frame the situation and upcoming assessment results in understandable terms with the underlying message that even if scores go down, that’s because of changes to the system and assessments, not a drop off in knowledge level by students. They offered the assets which they developed to other EAG members who may be interested in doing the same or similar programs in their community.

  • Local College Access Network Efforts & EAG Member Involvement

    FCAN Associate Director for Research & Policy Troy Miller presented information on the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and some of its current activities. He also presented on the development of Local College Access Networks (LCANs) in the state. There are currently 9 in some state of development Southwest Florida Community Foundation President and CEO Sarah Owen presented specifics on the Future Makers LCAN.  She shared a recent history of Future Makers while offering different ways in which EAG members may be involved with LCANs.

  • FCAN Data Dashboards

    FCAN Associate Director for Research & Policy Troy Miller demonstrated a variety of data dashboards available from FCAN as well as some which are in development. All the available dashboards may be accessed from FCAN’s website:

  • Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations

    Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations addresses those challenges and highlights those opportunities. The guide demystifies the process of designing and implementing an effective impact investing strategy, offering advice, tools, and real-world examples of impact investing by foundations with few or no staff.

  • Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

    This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.

  • Educate and Empower: Tools For Building Community Wealth

    How do low-income communities learn to advance economically and build wealth? Low-income communities and communities of color, in challenging structural economic and social inequality, have historically grappled with tensions inherent to development. Who participates in, directs, and ultimately owns the economic-development process? In creating and sustaining new, inclusive economic institutions, how do community members cultivate and pass on skills, commitment and knowledge—especially among those who have long faced barriers to education and employment? And how should communities strike an appropriate balance between utilizing local knowledge and accessing outside expertise?

  • How Can We Help Our Grantees Strengthen Their Capacity for Evaluation?

    There is widespread and growing recognition in the nonprofit sector about the importance of evaluation — not only for measuring impact, but also for improving programs and better serving communities. While grantmakers generally see evaluation as necessary, most are not yet investing enough resources in this area.

  • National Center for Family Philanthropy

    In addition to FPN educational programs and convenings, FPN family foundation members also have access to participate in monthly family foundation webinars, in partnership with the National Center

  • Education Funders Research Initiative: A Case Study on Moving Philosophically Diverse Funders to Common Priorities

    Case study from Philanthropy New York documenting the formation, challenges and ultimate success of the Education Funders Research Initiative – an unusual funder collaborative that brought together funders for and against charter schools, funders with different views of testing and accountability, and funders with vastly different approaches to supporting education reform to identify and advance shared priorities. 

  • Tools for Steering Committee Working Groups

    This toolkit includes a number of tools for Steering Committee Working Groups as they form, determine strategic direction, develop implementation plans, and identify measurement indicators.

  • Responsive Philanthropy Special Issue on Implicit Bias in Philanthropy

    A special issue of Responsive Philanthropy devoted to what philanthropy can do to combat implicit bias, or the way in which our unconscious minds shape and contribute to our thoughts and actions. A diverse roster of authors explores how this phenomenon both affects the many challenges we as a society face and its implications for how philanthropy addresses these issues.

  • Leveraging Social Sector Leadership

    Strong leadership is critical for effective social sector organizations, yet the sector chronically underinvests in its leaders. This publication synthesizes findings from new research conducted by the authors and offers recommendations for grantmakers.

  • 2015 State of the Sector Surveys

    Under-resourced communities are going without because nonprofits can't meet demand. Americans —particularly those in low-income communities—are still struggling to secure jobs, affordable housing, and healthcare. Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey focuses on the underlying causes of these dynamics by exploring the programmatic, financial, and operational issues facing nonprofits across the U.S.

  • EAG Position Paper: Improving Post-Secondary Success in Florida

    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.

  • Community Foundations of Florida: Giving Advice on Charitable Giving

    Professional advisors find themselves at the convergence point of two dramatic forces in society today: the enormous increase in personal wealth and the renewed concern for community. This advisor tool from Community Foundations of Florida provides professional advisors with giving advice on charitable giving.

  • Community Foundations of Florida: Listening for Charitable Opportunities

    Philanthropy is a very personal decision. A professional advisor can help clients realize their charitable objectives by listening for charitable giving opportunities, explaining options, and suggesting solutions. This advisor tool from Community Foundations of Florida offers tips for professional advisors on listening for charitable opportunities when meeting with clients.

  • Fact Sheet: The Charitable Deduction in Florida

    20% of Florida tax filers – at every income level – reported making contributions on their federal tax returns, using the itemizer schedule to report and claim their deductions. This infographic breaks down the numbers to show the importance of the charitable deduction in Florida.

  • Agenda Setting: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Influencing Public Policy

    Donating money to modify public thinking and government policy has now taken its place next to service-centered giving as a constructive branch of philanthropy. Many donors now view public-policy reform as a necessary adjunct to their efforts to improve lives directly. This book was written to help donors navigate the obstacles of public-policy philanthropy.

  • Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

    Florida Philanthropic Network has partnered with Independent Sector to disseminate a co-branded version of the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice as a means to provide a strong guide for private foundations and public charities that aspire to high standards of governance and ethical practice.

  • FPN Webinar: Public Policy Update

    This February 2015 FPN member webinar provided the latest public policy and legislative updates on what’s happening in Washington that will impact philanthropy.

  • Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry

    Developed by the Southern Law Poverty Center, the guide (available in pdf and website formats) provides advice and suggestions for responding to everyday bigotry in a variety of settings-- among family, among friends and neighbors, at work, at school, and in public.

  • Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015

    Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015 is an annual industry forecast written by leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz about the social economy — private capital used for public good.

  • Changing Hearts and Minds: How philanthropy helped love win

    n 2004, a group of foundations came together to create a funder collaborative in support of Freedom to Marry’s state-by-state strategy to win marriage equality. Over the following 11 years, this unique collaborative and its funding partners invested a total of $153 million to support a wide range of activities across the country to change hearts and minds on a massive scale — and ultimately to deliver a historic win for equality and love.

  • A New Anchor Mission for a New Century

    Community foundations are beginning to deepen and shift how they work, adopting an anchor mission that seeks to fully deploy all resources to build community wealth. Moving into territory relatively uncharted for community foundations, they are taking up impact investing and economic development — some in advanced ways, others with small steps. This report offers an overview of how 30 representative community foundations — including The Seattle Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation — are working toward adopting this new anchor mission.

  • Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits

    Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits, a report by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, confirms that foundations can, in fact, facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through their grantmaking processes and their partnerships with nonprofits—and identifies eight specific practices for foundations to emulate.

  • What's Next for Community Philanthropy? Toolkit

    This new initiative from The Monitor Institute encourages community foundations to think creatively about the future, build on past successes and explore innovative new possibilities. The “What’s Next for Community Philanthropy” toolkit aims to help community philanthropy organizations apply innovation and design methodologies to think creatively about their business models and the broader future of the field.

  • What's Next for Community Philanthropy? Toolkit

    This newly released toolkit from The Monitor Institute aims to help community philanthropy organizations apply innovation and design methodologies to think creatively about their business models and the broader future of the field.

  • Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy

    Low levels of diversity in the senior ranks of foundations have proven to be a stubborn challenge for the field of philanthropy.  A report by Forward Change takes an important step toward a deeper understanding of the career pathways of professionals of color in philanthropy—how they enter foundations, how they advance across their careers, and what factors affect their advancement within the sector.

  • Private Capital Public Good

    How the government can partner with impact investors to unleash new capital, talent and energy for maximum impact.

  • Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards

    The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Foundation, have joined together to bring new resources to the field of philanthropy focused on engaging the next generation of donors and family members. Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Gen Boards is the first publication of its kind, offering a comprehensive overview of the growing practice among family foundations and donor advised fund holders of using next generation boards.

  • Racial Equity Resource Guide

    This W.K. Kellogg Foundation resource guide provides individuals and organizations with access to extensive learning materials, tools and data on racial inequities, their impact on communities of color and the process for healing racial wounds so that communities can work together.

  • Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game?

    In this new monograph, Philanthropy Northwest board member Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

  • Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation

    After deliberating over the course of nearly a year, the Panel issued a Call to Action for more resident engagement by community foundations and made recommendations for important changes in community foundation practice. This call for more resident engagement resulted in the Panel’s updating of the Framework for Community Leadership by a Community Foundation.

  • Community Foundation Centennial Toolkit

    This set of new media marketing tools is designed to help community foundations build on the 100-year anniversary of the field to highlight the good work you do every day in your hometown.

  • Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency

    In a 2013 survey, funders were asked about the biggest transparency challenges they faced. The highest response was “not enough clarity around practical steps for being transparent.” This guide from GrantCraft & Glasspockets is helping foundations open up with clear action steps.

  • Charitable Giving in America

    America’s commitment to philanthropy is unique among nations. Arthur Brooks takes a deeper look at Americans' generosity and shows how recipients of charitable donations will be impacted by changes in tax rates and proposed caps on charitable deductions.

  • The Promise and Pitfalls of Local and National Funder Collaborations

    A key objective of the Scaling What Works initiative has been to translate insight and learning from grantmaker intermediaries involved with the Social Innovation Fund and share them with the broader philanthropic community. The fifth guide in the Lessons Learned series presents the benefits and challenges of partnerships between local and national funders, and highlights key considerations for both kinds of funders to foster success in their collaboration.

  • Compliance Guide for 501(c)(3) Public Charities

    A publication of the Internal Revenue Service, this document addresses activities that may jeopardize a charity's exempt status, recordkeeping, required public disclosures and other issues of importance to public charities.

  • White Paper on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Its Implications for Florida Philanthropy

    This FPN report looks at how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely to impact the lives of Floridians, and suggests key roles for philanthropy to play as the ACA is implemented in the state. FPN led this project on behalf of its Florida Health Funders group (FHF), which is comprised of FPN members who share an interest in supporting health issues, organizations and needs in Florida.

  • Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy

    This paper explores community democracy as a cultural choice and a potential organizing system for philanthropy using stories that demonstrate its principles and practices, primarily growing from the experience of northern California communities.  This experience offers a framework of principles and a beginning set of conclusions about how philanthropy can develop productive partnerships from the perspective of a place-based, community democracy.

  • Native Voices Rising, A Case for Funding Native-Led Change

    Native Voices Rising is a joint research and re-granting project of Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation. This report focuses on the practices and challenges of community organizing and advocacy, focusing on the need for increased investment in and sustained support for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

  • Real Results: Why Strategic Philanthropy is Social Justice Philanthropy

    NCRP reports that the current practice of strategic philanthropy typically favors short-term metrics, is largely disconnected from grantees and the communities these nonprofits serve, and usually lacks authentic feedback to inform the strategies. Unless grantmakers explicitly address the needs of underserved communities and invest in policy and community engagement – strategies long practiced by social justice philanthropists – they are unlikely to achieve their goals.

  • Helping Grantees Build Management Skills

    Funders can support effective leadership in grantee organizations and foster good management practices by offering resources for training and coaching to build the capacity of nonprofits.

  • Partnering with Native Communities

    This online report highlights work by key nonprofit organizations working in Tribal communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Published in 2012 by The Paul G. Allen Foundation.

  • Learn Foundation Law

    The legal staff at the Packard Foundation, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation and Moore Foundation developed this free, first-of-its-kind resource, which covers the basic legal rules around what

  • Community Capacity Working Glossary

    A working glossary of terms to help shape a common language for work in Community Capacity. This glossary is intended to help promote philanthropy's roles in building community capacity by defining core concepts and closely related terms.

  • Leveraging Limited Dollars

    This paper will help philanthropic executives and trustees explore three innovative strategies to achieve greater results with their limited grant dollars. It distills findings from more than 400 pages of research amassed over three years as part of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project.

  • Growing Economies in Indian Country: Taking Stock of Progress and Partnerships A Summary of Challenges, Recommendations, and Promising Efforts

    This report summarizes challenges to economic and business development in Native American communities.  These challenges were identified during the 2011 Growing Economies in Indian Country: Taking Stock of Partnerships and Progress (GEIC) workshop series. This report also offers key recommendations, best practices, and promising efforts shared by the GEIC workshop participants and informed by several studies and reports issued over the last several years that pertain to the challenges and barriers.

  • Good in Theory, Problems in Practice

    Good in Theory, Problems in Practice presents young professionals' views on popular leadership development strategies and recommendations for funders, emerging leaders and nonprofits.

  • 2012 Florida Grantmaking Outlook Report

    This FPN research report offers an outlook for Florida grantmaking in 2012, based on FPN's statewide survey of Florida foundations and corporate grantmakers. 

  • FPN 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.

  • Your Toolkit for Successful Evaluations

    This resource has been designed and assembled by the Macro International evaluation team with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a starter kit to promote the integration of effective evaluation into grantmaker education programs.

  • Criteria for Philanthropy at its Best

    Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best: Benchmarks to Assess and Enhance Grantmaker Impact is the first ever set of measurable guidelines that will help foundations and other institutional grantmakers operate ethically and maximize the impact of their dollars.

  • Giving in Numbers

    Based on corporate contributions data from 137 of the country's leading companies, Giving in Numbers is a comprehensive study of 2008 corporate giving.

  • Rural Development Philanthropy Learning Network

    The Rural Development Philanthropy Learning Network is a diverse group of community foundations and funds, and philanthropic and rural development organizations that exchange experience, knowledge and skills to increase rural assets and improve rural livelihood.

  • Floridians' Charitable Giving & Views on Nonprofit Leadership

    The vast majority of Floridians made financial contributions to charitable organizations in 2008, and most gave the same or more to charity in 2008 than in previous year. That's one of the key findings of Leadership Florida's Third Annual Sunshine State Survey, a statewide survey of Florida residents that included questions on charitable giving for the first time in the survey's history.

  • Building Financial Strength and Program Quality

    How can a grantmaker covert a concept into a specific request for proposals? Read about one grantmaker's efforts to build financial strength and program quality for community foundations in a casestudy from Grantcraft.

  • Budgeting Toolkit

    Budgeting is key to financial management. Learn how to plan, develop, and use budgets for your organization in a budgeting toolkit from Civicus.

  • Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations

    This guide was developed by a joint working group of the Council on Foundations and the European Foundation Centre. It identifies eight principles of good disaster grantmaking and offers a number of tips to help grantmakers address disasters more effectively, including facts and figures about recent major disasters around the world and a list of useful disaster information websites.

  • Discovering the Activation Point

    Check out the Activation Point, where you will find best practices for planning for persuasion, tailored to the unique needs of social change organizations.

  • A more honest way of reporting college readiness?

    There is a greater appreciation for the importance of high school students not only graduating, but graduating ready to be successful in college with minimal remediation. This article calls into question the current measurement and reporting formats in light of low college completion rates. It presents an aggressive metric to consider. Ed Week; Sep. 29, 2016

  • Learning to Be Useful: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Career and Technical Education

    This book is available as a free pdf download at the link below. It provides some great profiles of programs with positive results (including IBM’s P-TECH program and efforts at Valencia State College). It also provides philanthropy guidance on possible points of entry in assisting “middle skill” job development. Philanthropy Roundtable, Sep. 2016

  • Foundations for Civic Impact - Private Foundations

    This advocacy and civic engagement toolkit is designed for private foundations that want to educate and encourage their grantees about getting involved in civic and policy activities to increase organizational capacity and impact. While its primary focus is on the grantmaking activity of foundations, the toolkit also addresses rules and guidance for policy involvement by foundation officials acting on behalf of their foundations.

  • Foundations for Civic Impact - Community Foundations

    This advocacy and civic engagement toolkit is designed for community and public foundations that want to educate and encourage their grantees about getting involved in civic and policy activities to increase organizational capacity and impact. While its primary focus is on the grantmaking activity of these foundations, the toolkit also addresses rules and guidance for policy involvement by foundation officials acting on behalf of their foundations.

  • Philanthropy Glossary

    New to philanthropy? Learn the basics with our helpful glossary of philanthropic terms, compiled from the very best resources on the Web. Thanks to our colleagues at the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy for this resource.

  • How Philanthropic Families and Community Foundations Successfully Partner

    Community foundations can be a trusted resource to philanthropic families. They help families solve practical issues such as geographic dispersion and anonymity. And they can provide deeper support for community problem-solving and family succession planning. However, community foundations vary widely in their goals and capacity and family members vary widely in their goals for working with other partners. In this session, you’ll hear from leading community foundations and family philanthropists about how their partnerships strengthen their respective missions, leverage local knowledge and resources, and help prepare future generations of philanthropic families. The session will also draw on the experience and trends research of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and its Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network.

  • Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy

    This guide from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors suggests that funders can make their grantmaking more responsive and efficient by combining the concepts of diversity and inclusion with basic due diligence.

  • Communications/Disclosure Assessment

    Checklist focusing on a foundation’s transparency in communicating key information about the organization to its constituents and the broader public.