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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 also is active in representing philanthropy with Florida's congressional delegation.


 

 

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The Council on Foundations maintains the Philanthropy Platform to articulate priorities clearly for current and future policymakers. The Philanthropy Platform presents philanthropy as a dynamic force for innovation, strategic thinking, and leadership that advances the common good. Philanthropy uses private resources and provides vital risk capital and expertise to inspire nonprofit investment and build vibrant communities. The Council, with its members and colleagues, will use the Platform to engage with and inform our nation’s policymakers about the benefits of philanthropy.

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FPN Supports the Charitable Deduction

As Congress debates deficit reduction and tax policy, Florida Philanthropic Network maintains a policy position to protect the full value of the charitable deduction. FPN has contacted policymakers and urged them to prevent any limits or caps to the charitable deduction. 

Florida Facts on the Charitable Deduction

  • In 2014, 1.76 million charitable deductions were claimed in Florida.
  • Floridians claimed $11.8 billion in charitable contributions on their 2014 tax returns.
  • The average contribution per itemized return for Floridians in 2014 was $6,767.
  • 45% of the charitable contributions reported on Floridians' 2014 federal tax returns were from people earning less than $200,000 per year.

Private Foundations Can Educate and Lobby on Charitable Deduction

It is legally permissible for private foundations to contact their legislators and specifically urge them to maintain the charitable deduction and oppose proposals to cap the charitable deduction rate, under the self-defense exception to private foundation lobbying rules. Private foundations do not have to remain neutral on legislation if it affects their existence, tax-exempt status, powers and duties, or the deductibility of contributions. The exception allows private foundations to communicate with legislators and their staff on these issues and to express an opinion on such legislation. Note that this exception applies to communications with legislators and their staff and does not apply to communications with a broader audience. While FPN is confident that communicating with legislators on this issue qualifies for the self-defense exception, the information in this notice is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have any questions about how this general information applies to your specific situation, you should contact your legal counsel.

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Advocacy & Public Policy Resources

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

Publication date: 
05/2018

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

Publication date: 
04/2018

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

Publication date: 
04/2018

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.

How does a Census 2020 undercount affect your funding priorities?

Publication date: 
03/2018

Fair, proportionate voting representation in our democracy depends on valid census data. That’s why the census is required by the U.S. Constitution. Federal agencies rely on census and American Community Service (ACS) data to monitor discrimination and implement civil rights laws that protect voting rights, equal employment opportunity, and more. Census and ACS data also determine federal funding for health care, education, housing, food and income security, rural access to broadband, and other services. Communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children are all at risk of being missed at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives already vulnerable communities of fair representation and vital community resources.

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Florida FOTH18 Delegation Teleconference

Publication date: 
03/2018

This brief teleconference with Maggie Osborn, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at United Philanthropy Forum, covers key legislative issues and ways to create visibility for philanthropy on Capitol Hill.

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FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit

Publication date: 
02/2018

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!

Communications Affinity Group Meeting

Publication date: 
01/2018

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. 

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Policy Update: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Publication date: 
01/2018

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.

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Census 2020: The Impact of an Inaccurate Count

Publication date: 
01/2018

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.

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