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.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has had a long-standing commitment to increasing the effectiveness of grantmaking organizations, a commitment reflected in its Philanthropy Grantmaking Program. In 2015, the Foundation commissioned Harder+Company Community Research, in partnership with Edge Research, to conduct a field scan to inform its own strategies in this area as well as those of other organizations working to increase philanthropic effectiveness.
Learn about the education priorities of key statewide organizations and policymakers, the budget outlook and the latest from Tallahassee in this free one-hour webinar for Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and FPN members.
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.
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.
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.
An unconventional partnership between a research center and a Florida newspaper results in new research on the effects of Florida's Medicaid managed care rollout in pediatric practices.
Blue-green algae blooms created catastrophes in coastal communities last year. Severity and duration of blue-green algae appears to be increasing. In other coastal areas previously unknown brown algae is blamed for fish kills. Outbreaks of red tide have long plagued Gulf waters and impacting marine life and exposing human to airborne toxics. Some affected people are upset with government for failing to stop pollution, but government officials say not enough is known about causes and resources are scarce. Advocates want stronger laws and more public funds to treat pollution sources. How can Florida’s philanthropic leaders step up to the challenge? Mote Marine Lab’s Dr. Vince Lovko, a harmful algae bloom expert will discuss algae trends and causes. What is known? Will more monitoring and improved technologies help us understand the challenges? Audubon Florida’s Eric Draper, a long-time water quality advocate will talk about efforts to control human-caused nutrient pollution thought to be the cause blue-green algae outbreaks in waters throughout Florida. Will investments in research, education and advocacy help advance solutions. How do we harness public concern in this time of crisis?
Immigrants and refugees play a vital role in our economy as catalysts for community revitalization, particularly in rural areas. Newcomers help to strengthen city and state economies as workers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. Yet, many first and second-generation immigrants struggle to achieve economic stability and have limited access to asset building tools and services that would further contribute to local economies and help them achieve long-term financial security. Given the demographic importance of the foreign-born population and their children in our workforce and economy, there is a pressing need to examine current trends and their implications for philanthropy. What can funders gain by examining the immigrant dimensions of their grantmaking strategies that seek to expand economic opportunity and learning about asset-building strategies for low-income communities? And how can the challenges facing immigrant populations in rural areas be addressed in order to help revitalize communities that are often under-resourced?
Partnering with grantees to shape what we do and how we do it is the best way to achieve our shared goals of social change. In fact, research shows that grantmakers who are more connected to their grantees are more likely to provide the support that nonprofits need to be successful. But shifting the grantmaker-grantee relationship from transactional to transformational requires that grantmakers not only commit to grantee inclusion, but also understand the seismic shift in practice that may be needed in order to develop strong relationships. Join Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) to learn and discuss what it really takes to prioritize grantee inclusion and learn tools and frameworks that will help build a habit of reflective practice.
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.
Since 2008, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has been elevating racial equity and social justice as a critical issue affecting the field of arts philanthropy. In 2013, the board approved a motion to make racial equity an organizational priority, and in 2015, GIA published its landmark Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose. The statement included definitions, recommendations, and other resources to support arts funders in taking up and continuing this important work. This session will present an overview of GIA's work to date and offer attendees actionable steps that individuals and institutions can take to advance racial equity in their philanthropic practices.
Connect with staff and board members of foundations and other grantmaking organizations who have communications responsibilities, to share your experiences, questions and insights.
Get the latest updates on important new tax developments and legal compliance issues that affect grantmakers.
FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group met for their annual meeting before the 2017 FPN Statewide Summit on Philanthropy, where attendees heard from leaders in education on Florida Standards implementation efforts and recent developments for increasing post-secondary degree attainment across the state.
These profiles highlight the economic importance, diversity, and community impact of the charitable sector in each of the 50 states.
American schools have famously lagged behind foreign schools in all areas of academic achievement. When James W. Stigler and James Hiebert made their assessment of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) ten years ago, they discovered that the problem with American education is neither one of testing nor curricula, but teaching. A clarion call for treating teaching like the craft it is, The Teaching Gap lays out a clear program for change that administrators, teachers, and parents can implement together. Newly updated with fresh teaching solutions drawn from new research, this educational classic is as vital a teaching tool as ever.