FPN Advocacy & Public Policy
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.
Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Platform
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.
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.