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.
Two leaders in Florida's philanthropy field have joined the Board of Directors of Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide association of grantmakers. At its meeting on January 29, 2014, FPN's Board of Directors elected Miguel Milanes, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, and Ashley Smith Juarez, Emily Balz Smith Foundation, to three-year terms on the Board.
Did you know that one of the best predictors of high school graduation and career success is whether or not a child can read proficiently by the end of third grade?
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation established its first scholarship fund in 1980 and now administers 61 individual scholarship funds, and awards over $400,000 in scholarships annually to students in Southwest Florida.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, continuing to work with the software maker’s board in selecting a new CEO, says his philanthropic work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is where he will continue to devote “the biggest part of my time.”
On Jan. 15 Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced his legislative proposal to revise Florida's laws regulating charities and charitable solicitation.