This week Florida Philanthropic Network hosted a reception in Washington, DC with special guest of honor Congressman Vern Buchanan, who voiced his support for philanthropy and shared his views about the important role that philanthropy plays in our communities. The event was held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Council on Foundations, and was co-hosted by FPN members the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Florida Blue Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation.
The Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have passed a resolution honoring Florida's community foundations for "their service to communities all across the state."
It’s easy to be skeptical about Washington these days, what with the apparent rise in partisanship, the seemingly oversized influence of money in politics, and the perception that not much seems to be getting done. So why bother meeting with your congressperson, one may ask, particularly traveling all the way to DC to do it. Is it really worth it? It’s a fair question, and one to which I’d respond with an unequivocal “Yes.”
Almost all grantmakers struggle with figuring out the most effective ways to gather feedback from their grantees.
On March 31, 2014, FPN sent a letter to Senator Bill Nelson urging him to extend the IRA Charitable Rollover provision through 2014, and to end the prohibition for Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs) in the IRA Rollover. The letter was signed by the chief executives of 24 Florida community Foundations.
Note: The following column written by David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network, and Rena Coughlin, Board Member of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat on March 23, 2014:
FPN President & CEO David Biemesderfer co-wrote a column with Rena Coughlin, a fellow board member of the Florida Nonrprofit Alliance, in the 3/23/14 Tallahasse Democrat that explains why both funders and nonprofits should support the proposed charity legislation first brought forward by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.