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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.


Advocacy & Public Policy Resources

Five ways the proposed tax plan impacts Florida

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The proposed federal tax overhaul — outlined in depth in the 429-page "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" — will affect every taxpayer differently. But in multiple ways, most Floridians will be less adversely impacted than others since Florida has no state income tax, no state estate tax and has both relatively affordable housing and median household incomes lower than most of the country.

Here’s a closer look at how five of the key provisions in the proposal could play out for Florida:

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A Highways Project for College Completion

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A big boost to college completion would pay off for students and the economy, a new paper finds, but would substantially increase the federal deficit. 

A new paper from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences seeks to determine when the economic benefits to individuals and the national economy of such a completion boost would begin to outweigh investment costs.

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What Expiration Of Funding To Children's Health Insurance Program Means

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But Congress allowed federal funding for CHIP, a 20-year old program that has always gotten bipartisan support, to expire.

Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, president of Children’s Services Council of Broward County, explains what that means for low income kids all over South Florida.

Listen to what she had to say in CBS Miami's video.

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

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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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Focus On South Florida: Gender Pay Gap in South Florida

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One in five women in Miami-Dade County lives in poverty and women in Miami make on average 87 cents to every dollar made by men.

Those are just some of the reasons members of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade are on a mission to close the pay gap here in South Florida.

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

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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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Defending Philanthropy

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The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is proud to be part of a consortium of more than 100 community foundations from around the country that make up the Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative, voicing its support of tax reform that protects charitable giving. Over the last few years, the initiative has actively worked to brief elected officials and staff members on key philanthropic issues and the vital role community foundations play to strengthen communities through the power of philanthropy.

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The Economic Impact of Florida Nonprofits by Florida Nonprofit Alliance

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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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New one-pagers show status of Florida women by county in four focus areas

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Florida Women's Funding Alliance has released new resources to complement The Status of Women in Florida by County: Poverty & Opportunity report and support conversations about local and state policy initiatives.