Florida Senator Marco Rubio, together with Senator Mike Lee, released a tax reform plan on March 4 that includes the preservation of the charitable deduction.
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 28, 2015, FPN’s Board of Directors welcomed Térèse Coudreaut Curiel, Vice President of Administration for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami; and Teri Hansen, President/CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice. Both new members were elected to three-year terms on the Board.
Florida Philanthropic Network, in partnership with the Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA), launched the Florida Charitable Advisory Partnership (FCAP) in February with a kick-off meeting in Tallahassee. Comprised of philanthropic, community and charitable leaders in Florida, FCAP will advise state charity regulators on matters pertinent to Florida's charitable nonprofit sector.
The philanthropic community is often engaged in developing solutions to societal problems that involve many other players. On their own, charities can only do so much. But with the right allies, far-reaching and lasting changes can be achieved. That’s why the next big conversations in Florida philanthropy need to involve partnerships.
Most of Florida lives along the coast—just look at a nighttime photo of our state from space. We grow along the coastline here in Florida too. For many of us, the coast is the foundation of our communities. And that coastline is changing. But what are we doing about it?
The phone rang and I was greeted with the following question: “Do you have any ideas about how I can talk to my young adult children about philanthropy? Can you help me?” This has become a common question in our northeast Florida community among our foundation donors. Why now? Is this the next big conversation in Florida philanthropy? I think the answer is a resounding yes!