Six basic principles drive the public policy work of Florida Philanthropic Network.
Principles regarding philanthropy's right to participate in the public square:
- Advocate for full participation of foundations, corporate giving programs and nonprofits in public policy dialogue and advocacy that affects their organizations, communities and the people they serve.
- Recognize and support the role of foundations as stewards of resources for the public good to strengthen and improve the health and vitality of communities and residents.
Principles regarding the philanthropy field and what we expect of ourselves:
- Encourage charitable giving.
- Encourage the growth, maintenance and vitality of foundations and corporate giving programs.
- Promote the ethical disposition of private resources for the public good.
- Ensure the ability of grantmakers and FPN itself to fully perform their roles as equitable employers.
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The Florida Policy Institute is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting widespread prosperity through timely, thoughtful and objective analysis of state policy issues affecting economic opportunity.
ACT!Quick is a short version of Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!) and is designed to provide a quick diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening.
The Council on Foundations maintains the Philanthropy Platform to articulate priorities clearly for current and future policymakers. The Philanthropy Platform presents philanthropy as a dynamic force for innovation, strategic thinking, and leadership that advances the common good. Philanthropy uses private resources and provides vital risk capital and expertise to inspire nonprofit investment and build vibrant communities. The Council, with its members and colleagues, will use the Platform to engage with and inform our nation’s policymakers about the benefits of philanthropy.
As Congress debates deficit reduction and tax policy, Florida Philanthropic Network maintains a policy position to protect the full value of the charitable deduction. FPN has contacted policymakers and urged them to prevent any limits or caps to the charitable deduction.
- Florida Facts on the Charitable Deduction
- In 2014, 1.76 million charitable deductions were claimed in Florida.
- Floridians claimed $11.8 billion in charitable contributions on their 2014 tax returns.
- The average contribution per itemized return for Floridians in 2014 was $6,767.
- 45% of the charitable contributions reported on Floridians' 2014 federal tax returns were from people earning less than $200,000 per year.
It is legally permissible for private foundations to contact their legislators and specifically urge them to maintain the charitable deduction and oppose proposals to cap the charitable deduction rate, under the self-defense exception to private foundation lobbying rules. Private foundations do not have to remain neutral on legislation if it affects their existence, tax-exempt status, powers and duties, or the deductibility of contributions. The exception allows private foundations to communicate with legislators and their staff on these issues and to express an opinion on such legislation. Note that this exception applies to communications with legislators and their staff and does not apply to communications with a broader audience. While FPN is confident that communicating with legislators on this issue qualifies for the self-defense exception, the information in this notice is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have any questions about how this general information applies to your specific situation, you should contact your legal counsel.