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Jun
14 - 15

Orlando Strong: One Year Later Funders Symposium

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Orlando, FL

Orlando Strong: One Year Later Funders Symposium will bring together national and local philanthropic leaders to share lessons learned from the response to the pulse tragedy on June 12, 2016. Visit the Contigo Fund website for more information and registration information.

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Oct
13 - 16

Florida Philanthropy Leadership Conversations 2015: Philanthropy's Role in Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Join Florida philanthropy leaders for an open dialogue on philanthropy's role in advancing diversity, equity & inclusion in our field, our work and our communities. Our members will be engaging in four conversations over four days in four communities across the state: Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville & Fort Lauderdale.

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Civil Legal Aid: A Natural Ally in Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

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02/2017

Eradicating poverty, homelessness, domestic violence. Supporting veterans, the elderly and immigrants. Creating healthy communities with affordable housing. No matter what your strategic philanthropic priorities, access to civil legal aid and legal advocacy are strategic tools that can advance philanthropy’s goals and help vulnerable populations achieve social and economic mobility. Civil legal Aid helps people solve problems – it can helps people protect their families, secure safe and affordable housing, protect income and assets, and ensure access to health care. Recent national studies show that 4 out of 5 individuals with low-incomes face a civil justice issue every 18 months. This session focuses on innovation solutions and ways to use civil legal aid as a key strategy to bolster high impact foundation programming and improve economic, social, and health conditions for people and communities.

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2016 GEO National Conference: Short Talks with Vu Le: "Want to Support Communities of Color? Stop Trickle-Down Community Engagement"

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06/2016

As issues around diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency have risen to the forefront, many grantmakers are trying to make their processes more equitable, both in terms of dollars awarded and in who receives the money. But, from the perspective of grassroots organizations led by and serving communities of color, common foundation and nonprofit practices can feel disingenuous and even counterproductive to this goal. If grantmakers want marginalized communities to be engaged, they need to fund, trust and support them directly, believes Vu Le.

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2016 GEO National Conference: Short Talks with Alicia Garza: Turning Moments Into Movements

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06/2016

Black Lives Matter has brought striking issues of violence, human rights and racial equity into the national spotlight. Many grantmakers recognize the role of social movements in advancing justice for marginalized people, and are making a shift from solely supporting individual nonprofits to supporting intersecting networks and movements. Some grantmakers are also making explicit commitments to address racism and inequity. But in the fast-moving age of digital media and citizen-led efforts, is traditional philanthropy — with our cumbersome applications, program siloes and lengthy approval cycles — able to keep up and be helpful? Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter network, will address strategies that grantmakers are using and can use to address the issues of power and privilege that are inherent in our funding practices.

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Holocaust Center will host production of opera performed in a concentration camp

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10/19/2017

“While we hold this event every year, this one is special — a project 16 years in the making,” Kancher noted in an email. “We are so excited to present the children’s opera ‘Brundibar.’ “ It’s an opera whose initial performances were in a concentration camp.

“Brundibar” is being presented on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. This event is being sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, the Kiwanis Club of Orlando, Dr. Phillips Charities, the Homburger Jacobs family, Dr. Mitch and Swantje Levin, Helen Leon, Mary Palmer, and Pat Engelhardt.

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Escambia Project to discuss work closing the 'justice gap'

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10/18/2017

The Escambia Project is a joint effort to ensure everyone has access to legal aid, even people who may not realize they need it.

Over the past several months, The Florida Bar Foundation, Legal Services of North Florida and Pathways for Change have been working to advance that cause through a series of pilot projects that connect people with legal assistance both online and in their neighborhoods.

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Legal Aid Society: Ensuring equal access to justice for all

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07/26/2017

The Legal Aid Society's main focus in 2017 is to continue securing diverse sources of funding that enable us to assist current clients, as well as preparing to respond to emerging needs in the community. We are in the process of establishing an “Investment in Justice” endowment through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties, which we hope will attract potential donors beyond our dedicated core of supporters in Palm Beach County’s legal community.

A recently published study commissioned in 2016 by the Florida Bar Foundation found that each dollar in funding for legal aid organizations produced over seven dollars worth of economic impact benefiting their communities, and helped ease the burden on Florida’s court system. The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to bridge the “justice gap” so that low-income individuals have a voice and are able to address the critical legal issues they face that directly affect their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services.

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