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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

Florida FOTH18 Delegation Teleconference

Publication date: 
03/2018

This brief teleconference with Maggie Osborn, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at United Philanthropy Forum, covers key legislative issues and ways to create visibility for philanthropy on Capitol Hill.

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Building Whole Communities: Join us across Florida

Release Date: 
02/28/2018

Florida has the fourth largest immigrant population in the country. Immigrants and refugees are an integral part of our communities and contribute significantly to Florida’s culture and economy. Join FPN and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for the Florida Funders' Tour this April.

FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit

Publication date: 
02/2018

FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit prepares Florida Philanthropic Network members to educate on issues affecting Florida grantmakers; encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues; and connect with grantmakers from outside Florida and learn how they are approaching policy in their home states. FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit includes a one-pager and expanded sections like, Why are we here?, Co-Investors in the Community (Key Issues) and Being Social at FOTH. The 2018 Toolkit also introduces FPN's Advocacy Libs – fill-in-the-blank templates to help craft messaging for elected officials on key issues!

Policy Update: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Publication date: 
01/2018

Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

Attendees analyzed current policy issues to better understand how they affect Florida grantmakers' ability to fund change and help improve quality of life in the Sunshine State.

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Beyond Traditional Scholarships

Publication date: 
12/2017

This policy brief examines creative scholarship models that meet the needs of underserved students, often by moving beyond monetary aid in the direction of wrap-around student supports. While continuing to provide financial relief for income-qualified students, a number of these programs couple academic supports along with financial assistance in order to address non-monetary needs that often impede completion.

Nonprofits Watch Tax Reform Shifts

Release Date: 
12/01/2017

Leaders in the nonprofit sector usually prefer to sit political discussions out, but at the most recent installment of SRQ’s SB2 symposium series, Philanthropic Agenda, leaders from the area foundations said they have been closely watching recent debates in Washington on tax reform, concerned about how any change in tax structure could impact deductions and incentives for giving.

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