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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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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.

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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

Children’s Coverage in Florida: A Closer Look at Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Publication date: 
10/2017

FPN's Florida Health Funders hosted a first in-depth look at Children’s Coverage in Florida: A Closer Look at Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program with Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Joan presented findings from the report, including policy considerations for CHIP and Medicaid; results from Florida’s continued improvement in children’s coverage rates; and potential CHIP funding outcomes and what’s at stake for Florida’s children.

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EAG Fall 2017 Convening - Resources and Presentations

Publication date: 
10/2017

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. 

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ACA, Medicaid and CHIP: What Changes Could Mean for Florida

Publication date: 
03/2017

The federal policy landscape is in flux, and health care is among the top priorities of this Congress and the new administration. Download the slides and listen to the recording of this Florida Health Funders webinar with Joan Alker, executive director and research professor at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, as she discusses how various policy proposals to alter or repeal the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program could impact healthcare in Florida — especially for children.

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Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know

Publication date: 
09/2017

Listen to the audio the recording of Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know, a webinar for funders sponsored by Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Council on Foundations and the Southeastern Council of Foundations. To learn more about how Irma impacted the states and abroad, read Center for Disaster Philanthropy's detailed summary and listen to the audio recording of “Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know."

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The Economic Impact of Florida Nonprofits by Florida Nonprofit Alliance

Publication date: 
08/2017

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. 

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

Publication date: 
06/2017

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.

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21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Foundations

Publication date: 
05/2017

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.

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