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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.


 

 

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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

Reducing Poverty through Social Enterprise: A National Effort by Catholic Charities USA

Publication date: 
05/2017

On this webinar, Catholic Charities Senior Director of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship Matthew Zieger discusses how Catholic Charities utilizes business and investment models to enhance outcomes, transform opportunity creation, and break the cycle of poverty. Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Vice President of Community Impact Matt Spence also shares how nonprofit social enterprises assist in program sustainability and impact, create additional social returns for aligned funders, and what to consider when assessing a nonprofit organization’s readiness to establish a social enterprise or microenterprise development program.

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Advocacy Funder Collaboratives

Publication date: 
04/2017

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.

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New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging

Publication date: 
04/2017

To accelerate and expand an emerging drive to improve the experience of rural aging, GIA is leading a three-year program, Creating a Sustainable Network for the Rural Aging Movement. The initiative seeks to connect and support key players concerned with rural aging, share knowledge, expand the resources and services available to older adults in rural areas, and is supported by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
 

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New maps display Medicaid/CHIP enrollment by Congressional district

Publication date: 
04/2017

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.

The Johnson Amendment In 5 Questions And Answers

Publication date: 
02/2017

In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Trump vowed to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution."

Some conservative Christian groups will welcome the promise, but many Americans may wonder what Trump was talking about. Here are five basic questions that we can answer.

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Policy Update: Johnson Amendment

Publication date: 
03/2017

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. 

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

Publication date: 
06/2014

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.

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Philanthropy’s Role in a New Era

Publication date: 
02/2017

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. 

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