Emerging Leader Malaina Mote of Southwest Florida Community Foundation shares what drives her and takeaways from #2018FPN.
This post was originally published on the Center for Disaster Philanthropy blog.
During the past two and a half months (just ten short weeks!), we’ve seen a record number of massive disasters. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana first, followed by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Florida, and Georgia, and then Hurricane Maria, which devastated additional parts of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Most recently in California, wildfires have had a higher than normal impact on human life.
As we continue to work with members uncovering the true impacts of Hurricane Irma, our FPN team has opted to reschedule or postpone programs to allow our members and Florida grantmakers to focus on relief and recovery efforts in their communities.
Community Foundations of Florida stands with our colleagues in Houston as they begin to assess damages from Hurricane Harvey and uncover the full effects of the storm in the days ahead. Here in Florida, we know all too well the damage storms like this can inflict, as well as the impact and depth of immediate and long-term recovery needs.
Guest post from Stephanie Gocklin, FPN's Director of Communications, on her experience at United Philanthropy Forum's annual conference #ForumCon17 and lessons learned on how we all need to be leaders for diversity, equity and inclusion in the philanthropic sector.
As community leaders, grantmakers are uniquely positioned to address the escalation of conflict and support a deeper understanding for the role philanthropy can play to strengthen communities and unpack the short- and long-term effects of violence and unwelcomed hate groups. For those of you looking to start discussions on diversity, equity, inclusion and race relations in response to the Charlottesville rallies this weekend, our FPN offers the following resources for your consideration and potential use.
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.
Florida Philanthropic Network hosted a luncheon for its Tampa Bay Funders Forum to discuss lessons learned and continued healing initiatives with leaders from key organizations – City of Orlando, Contigo Fund and Central Florida Foundation – critical to the recovery effort after the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando and how the Bay area can develop a strategic philanthropy response plan in the event of a disaster or tragedy. Continue reading for a recap of the discussion and lessons learned.
Personal conversations with one’s elected representatives are an extremely effective method for educating and influencing their votes. Annually, Foundations on the Hill gives foundation staff the opportunity to directly interface with legislators and their aides.
Florida has one of the hottest economies in the nation—and immigrants and refugees are big players in the state’s success. Yet for all their contributions, many first- and second-generation immigrants struggle to achieve economic stability. The role of immigrants and refugees in our workforce and economy—and the barriers they face—was the topic of a recent session led by GCIR and the Asset Funders Network (AFN) at #2017FPN, which highlighted the pressing need for Florida funders to consider this population’s trends and the implications for philanthropy in the state.