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FPN Advocacy & Public Policy

Florida Philanthropic Network plays an active role in representing philanthropy in Florida and in advocating on behalf of philanthropy in Florida. FPN focuses its public policy work on the state level, but also is active in representing philanthropy with Florida's congressional delegation.
 

FPN's Public Policy Principles

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.

Advocacy & Public Policy Resources

21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Foundations

Publication date: 
05/2017

The world has changed dramatically since the first community foundation opened its doors in 1914. Today, these organizations play vital roles in more than 750 communities, but they also face competition from new philanthropy vehicles. This report looks at resources and tools that can help community foundations continue to identify and meet needs in their communities.

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Reducing Poverty through Social Enterprise: A National Effort by Catholic Charities USA

Publication date: 
05/2017

On this webinar, Catholic Charities Senior Director of Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship Matthew Zieger discusses how Catholic Charities utilizes business and investment models to enhance outcomes, transform opportunity creation, and break the cycle of poverty. Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Vice President of Community Impact Matt Spence also shares how nonprofit social enterprises assist in program sustainability and impact, create additional social returns for aligned funders, and what to consider when assessing a nonprofit organization’s readiness to establish a social enterprise or microenterprise development program.

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Advocacy Funder Collaboratives

Publication date: 
04/2017

For this suite of resources, GrantCraft captured the wisdom of philanthropic leaders who have participated in multi-party advocacy collaboratives and conducted a literature scan of how foundations talk about advocacy-focused collaborative work.

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New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging

Publication date: 
04/2017

To accelerate and expand an emerging drive to improve the experience of rural aging, GIA is leading a three-year program, Creating a Sustainable Network for the Rural Aging Movement. The initiative seeks to connect and support key players concerned with rural aging, share knowledge, expand the resources and services available to older adults in rural areas, and is supported by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
 

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New maps display Medicaid/CHIP enrollment by Congressional district

Publication date: 
04/2017

These interactive maps from Georgetown University CCF show the percent of children and adults covered by Medicaid (and in the case of children, CHIP) in each congressional district. Compare your Congressional districts with other areas of the country based on the 114th Congress. You can zoom out and see how your district compares to other parts of the country or download a state-specific handout to see the full break-out of sources of health care coverage by district in your entire state.

The Johnson Amendment In 5 Questions And Answers

Publication date: 
02/2017

In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Trump vowed to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution."

Some conservative Christian groups will welcome the promise, but many Americans may wonder what Trump was talking about. Here are five basic questions that we can answer.

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Policy Update: Johnson Amendment

Publication date: 
03/2017

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers supports the continued full enforcement of current law that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities—also known as the “Johnson Amendment.” Click through for access to articles, legislation and other resources to bettern understand implications of repeal of the Johnson Amendment. 

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Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy

Publication date: 
06/2014

Low levels of diversity in the senior ranks of foundations have proven to be a stubborn challenge for the field of philanthropy.  A report by Forward Change takes an important step toward a deeper understanding of the career pathways of professionals of color in philanthropy—how they enter foundations, how they advance across their careers, and what factors affect their advancement within the sector.

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