FPN community foundations members met for the Community Foundations of Florida Summer Meeting June 8-9, 2016 in Orlando, FL. Sessions included resources around peer learning exchange, Florida community foundation trends, Florida KIDS COUNT, LGBTQ giving circles and community funds and collective innovation.
Isaiah Oliver, a grantmaker born and raised in Flint, Michigan, will talk about how the local funding community is responding to the current water crisis in Flint and the work still to come. He’ll share lessons learned from the frontlines and board room, where staff are changing the way they think about transparency in their work and their role in the region as they plan for the future. He’ll offer advice applicable to any grantmaker about key roles we can play in emergent, controversial or complex issues facing our communities.
As issues around diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency have risen to the forefront, many grantmakers are trying to make their processes more equitable, both in terms of dollars awarded and in who receives the money. But, from the perspective of grassroots organizations led by and serving communities of color, common foundation and nonprofit practices can feel disingenuous and even counterproductive to this goal. If grantmakers want marginalized communities to be engaged, they need to fund, trust and support them directly, believes Vu Le.
Black Lives Matter has brought striking issues of violence, human rights and racial equity into the national spotlight. Many grantmakers recognize the role of social movements in advancing justice for marginalized people, and are making a shift from solely supporting individual nonprofits to supporting intersecting networks and movements. Some grantmakers are also making explicit commitments to address racism and inequity. But in the fast-moving age of digital media and citizen-led efforts, is traditional philanthropy — with our cumbersome applications, program siloes and lengthy approval cycles — able to keep up and be helpful? Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter network, will address strategies that grantmakers are using and can use to address the issues of power and privilege that are inherent in our funding practices.
We all have something we’re proud of at our organizations - a new grants system, an innovative way to connect with grantees, an exciting program that is wildly successful, a new approach to evaluation – that we rarely get to talk about outside of our Foundations. FPN's Grants Managers Affinity Group (GMAG) hosted this webinar to share and learn what’s working well for Florida Grantmakers.
The community school model has been supported by several private funders in Florida. The results to date have been impressive, including: After being rated an F or D school since 2004, Evans consistently has been rated a C or B school since 2010-2011; Graduation rates moved from 64% to 78%; and the number of students receiving industry certification has increased from 18 to 595 in four years. In this session attendees learned about the community schools model from a national perspective, and what’s been learned to date from the Evans Community School.
A 2015 study supported by The Children’s Campaign in Florida shows that civil citations increase public safety, improve youth opportunities and save lots of taxpayer money. In this session you’ll learn more about how civil citation programs work; how they can make a significant impact on improving future life opportunities for youth in education, employment, housing and much more; and the role philanthropy can play to help increase and strengthen the use of civil citation programs in Florida.
A movement is growing in Florida to increase the number of students reading at grade-level by the end of third grade — a critical indicator of future success in life. Eight Florida communities joined the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as charter members in 2012. Since then, two other communities have joined, and four more currently are developing their plans.
The traditional approach to homelessness focused on counseling and treating people with mental illnesses or those recovering from substance abuse while they lived in emergency shelters or on the streets. We now understand that approach does not work. Instead, proven solutions to homelessness include permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing, accompanied by the supportive services—such as medical and mental health care and employment supports—necessary to help people remain in their homes.
Join your grantmaking colleagues for a timely conversation about Florida’s immigrants. We’ll explore how addressing the needs of Florida’s immigrant population can advance diverse philanthropic priorities, including education, health, poverty alleviation, workforce and economic development, civic engagement and more.