With passage of the ballot initiative granting formerly incarcerated Floridians the right to vote and subsequent efforts to undermine the will of the voters, the state has seen both the power of and need for advocacy. While most eyes are on the 2020 elections, advocacy groups in Florida are also working to defend the initiative’s intent, register voters, and prepare for 2019 state elections. Now more than ever, the advocacy world needs strong support from the philanthropic sector to ensure that the voices for change are speaking out boldly and limited dollars are used to maximum effectiveness.
This discussion will feature the Bolder Advocacy program, which helps nonprofit advocacy groups and foundations understand the rules that apply to advocacy, the Florida Philanthropic Network, and a Florida funder (TBD). The discussion will focus on:
- how private and public foundations can play an important role in advocacy by engaging in advocacy themselves and funding their grantees to advocate on their issues;
- how Florida foundations are supporting the efforts to promote civic engagement in Florida; and
- how the Florida Philanthropic Network is supporting the efforts of its members to be powerful champions for their issues.
For Orlando funders, the event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on November 5th at the Heart of Florida United Way, Orlando Sentinel Room, 1940 Traylor Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804. For Tampa grantmakers, it will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on November 6th at Meridian Center Amenity Center, 5411 Beaumont Center Blvd., Suite 700/710, Tampa, FL, 33634.
This program is open at no cost to all staff and board of FPN member organizations. Nonmembers can attend for a $25 fee.