March 31, 2010
Florida Philanthropic Network led a team of 10 Florida grantmakers to Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2010, for visits with 22 members of Florida's congressional delegation and their staffs, as part of the annual Foundations on the Hill event, which was co-sponsored by the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. FPN coordinated and led the Florida delegation for the event, in partnership with the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
During the Washington visits, the Florida grantmakers discussed several key federal issues of interest to foundations today, including expanding and extending the IRA charitable rollover provision, simplifying the private foundation excise tax, and maintaining the current tax rate for itemized charitable deductions.
The Foundations on the Hill event featured a day of educational sessions focused on critical public policy issues for philanthropy, bringing together philanthropy leaders from across the country with key officials in federal agencies and key congressional staff. FPN members participating in panel discussions included Javier Soto, President of Dade Community Foundation, who spoke in a briefing on the next steps for philanthropy in the rebuilding effort in Haiti; and Teri Hansen, President/CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, who moderated a panel on philanthropy's role in greening communities.
The visits to Capitol Hill were part of FPN's ongoing public policy efforts throughout the year to develop strong relationships with legislators and other key policymakers, in order to protect, promote and strengthen Florida's philanthropy and grantmaking field.