March 31, 2011
Florida Philanthropic Network led a team of 15 Florida grantmakers to Washington, D.C., on March 9, 2011, for visits with 25 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 issues of interest to foundations today, including expanding and extending the IRA charitable rollover provision and simplifying the private foundation excise tax. FPN members also updated Florida's congressional legislators and their staffs on the important philanthropic work they are doing in communities across the state. Among the legislators who met with FPN members was Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL13), a new member of the House Ways & Means Committee, which deals with many foundation-related issues.
Florida grantmakers and FPN staff involved in this year's Foundations on the Hill event were: David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network; Mark Constantine, Vice President, Strategy and Learning, Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Marc Fest, Vice President of Communications, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Teri Hansen, President/CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice; Mike Hubbard, Trustee, A. Friends' Foundation; Debra Jacobs, President and CEO, The Patterson Foundation; Jay Lundy, Public Affairs Associate, The Miami Foundation; David Odahowski, President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation; Maggie Osborn, Vice President, Florida Philanthropic Network; Barbara Roole, Senior Policy Director, Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Javier Soto, President, The Miami Foundation; Jasmine Terry, Fellow, Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Lucas Trainer, Fellow, Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Jim Watt, Trustee, Vaughn Jordan Foundation.
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.