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Civil Legal Aid: A Natural Ally in Advancing Social and Economic Mobility

Publication date: 
02/2017

Eradicating poverty, homelessness, domestic violence. Supporting veterans, the elderly and immigrants. Creating healthy communities with affordable housing. No matter what your strategic philanthropic priorities, access to civil legal aid and legal advocacy are strategic tools that can advance philanthropy’s goals and help vulnerable populations achieve social and economic mobility. Civil legal Aid helps people solve problems – it can helps people protect their families, secure safe and affordable housing, protect income and assets, and ensure access to health care. Recent national studies show that 4 out of 5 individuals with low-incomes face a civil justice issue every 18 months. This session focuses on innovation solutions and ways to use civil legal aid as a key strategy to bolster high impact foundation programming and improve economic, social, and health conditions for people and communities.

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From Iteration to Impact: Evaluation Models for Learning in Real-Time

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02/2017

Our world moves so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. There is little time for funders to learn mid-stream, share that learning with grantees, and make course corrections together. In this environment, evaluation becomes a post-hoc tool for reporting rather than a tool for experimentation—a critical driver of social change. But more and more funders are undertaking new dynamic and responsive methods of evaluation that prioritize continuous learning with grantees and other community partners. These models for “Learning Out Loud” are helping inform adaptation during program implementation so change-agents can ultimately achieve greater impact. They’re also helping foundations better assess the impact of their own work. Join Community Wealth Partners’ Director of Learning and Impact, Rachel Mosher-Williams, and peer grantmakers from Florida, as they describe the “why” and “how” of dynamic evaluation models, as well as what happens when a foundation commits to learning differently. The session will include opportunities to interact with the speakers and other grantmakers in the room to ensure that attendees walk away with concrete tools and examples.

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Unpacking Public Policy for Early Grade Success

Publication date: 
02/2017

Early learning is trending — in the news, on social media, and among many state and national leaders there is a surge of discussion on the importance of child care and early learning. But has that translated into public policy changes and more importantly action? Learn more about the current funding and policy landscape of early learning and early grade success in Florida. Research informs us that investments in early learning and a focus on third grade reading proficiency enable students greater school success; however Florida currently has over 61% of fourth graders not reading at grade-level. We’ll share insights on current laws, system funding, why it matters and how to best implement a strong birth to 8 framework that supports student outcomes. A brief overview of analysis completed in partnership with the University of Florida was presented, along with tips on how to use this data to inform local and state initiatives and systems development.

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Florida 2030 with Florida Chamber Foundation

Publication date: 
02/2017

By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home and 2 million more jobs will be needed. To prepare for this continued growth and ensure Florida remains successful, we need a plan for Florida’s future that develops high-wage jobs, diversifies the economy, ensures global competitiveness and creates vibrant communities. The Florida Chamber Foundation is leading the charge to write the blueprint for Florida’s future — Florida 2030. This two-year research program will stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future and engage business and community leaders in each of Florida’s 67 counties in identifying key trends and the factors that can drive their regional economy. Florida 2030 is our opportunity to work together to strengthen your community, your business, and your future. The Florida 2030 presentation provides a recap of FPN’s Leadership Conversations and further discussion of the Florida 2030 initiative.

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Addressing Youth Homelessness from a Funders' Perspective - Funders Together Florida

Publication date: 
09/2016

Highlights from the Funders Together Florida Summer Meeting Addressing Youth Homelessness from a Funders' Perspective

August 30, 2016
Winter Park, FL


Funders Together Florida Summer Meeting

Presented by Funders Together Florida, a Florida Philanthropic Network affinity group working to end homelessness in the state. 

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Effective Communications During Crisis: Prepare. Respond. Assess.

Publication date: 
08/2016

FPN's Communications Affinity Group and Center for Disaster Philanthropy explored best practices and tools for communications professionals during crisis in this August 2016 webinar, including a live demo of the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook from Anna Hurt, CDP Disaster Management Analyst, lessons learned from Central Florida Foundation's Rachel Calderon in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy and crisis management principles from Helios Education Foundation's Grace Maseda, APR. 

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    Counting Florida High Quality Certifications

    Publication date: 
    06/2016

    In May, FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group (EAG) reported on Lumina’s latest report on attainment which, for the first time, included high quality post-secondary certifications. The Florida College System's Eric Godin presented data on how Florida is counting and increasing these certifications.

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