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.
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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.
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.
Florida KIDS COUNT is part of a nationwide KIDS COUNT Network, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that tracks the status of children in the U.S. by providing policymakers, funders, non-profits and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being. Norin Dollard, Ph.D., recently spoke to FPN community foundation members on how foundations can utilize KIDS COUNT data for strategic planning, grant distribution decision-making, and education of boards, donors and the general public. Dollard provided case studies on how Florida KIDS COUNT data is being utilized by Grade Level Learning initiatives in Sarasota and Manatee County and how Women’s Foundations use Florida KIDS COUNT data to measure economic self-sufficiency of women and girls.
Talk about philanthropy. Appreciate the value of giving. Chances are, your clients give. They already donate generously to their favorite causes in the community and around the world. As a professional advisor, you can help them streamline their giving and enjoy greater tax advantages. Your community foundation can help you do so.
People across the country continue to grieve over the tremendous loss of life that occurred on June 12, when a gunman attacked an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, leaving 49 dead and more than 50 injured, nearly all LGBTQ, Latinx, and young. This was a violent attack against the LGBTQ community, the Latinx/Hispanic community, the Orlando community and our nation.
Funders concerned about this tragedy and how to best respond joined a national teleconference on June 22, 11 am-noon ET. The teleconference was co-hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, GCIR, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and Women's Funding Network. Click on the link below to listen to the the recording for updates from Florida’s philanthropic community to learn about the current needs, how local philanthropy is responding and the type of help that is needed now and in future; share some lessons learned by funders from other mass shootings; and explore how philanthropy can play a role right now and down the road.
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.
This introduction to the Every Student Succeeds Act provides an overview of the new federal legislation replacing No Child Left Behind.
While the Florida Standards have been adopted a couple of years ago, implementation continues. Ben Jackson, partner with TNTP, shared his organization’s work in Florida which has highlighted the challenges and continuing needs for our districts to fully implement the standards.
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.
In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With a declared State of Emergency in response to the terrorist attack in Orlando, Commissioner Adam H. Putnam announced that strengthened laws governing charitable organizations are now in effect in an effort to prevent unscrupulous individuals or organizations from taking advantage of this tragedy. Floridians looking to make donations should visit FreshFromFlorida.com, where they can research charitable organizations by using the department’s Gift Givers’ Guide.
In the third session of Putting Racism on the Table (2016), Julie Nelson, Director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, focused on implicit bias.
After a request by a CF Insights member seeking information about the operation of Women's Funds at community foundation, a survey was created and administered to a subset of potential respondents. This short, eight-question survey collected some high-level information about fees pricing, revenue sources, and the proportion of related responsibilities owned by volunteers and community foundation staff.
Template letters for your use when communicating with the Senate and House regarding the policy bills discussed at FOTH are now available.
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.
Florida Philanthropic Network, a member of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in association with Center for Disaster Philanthropy have launched a new resource that will transform the way philanthropy responds to disasters. The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is now available to all those who seek to help communities prepare for, withstand, and recover from major disasters. The Playbook includes a compilation of philanthropic strategies, best practices, and lessons learned that have saved and galvanized local economies, nonprofits, and vulnerable populations from entering into a permanent downward spiral in the wake of a disaster.
In 2015, The Bay Area Justice Funders Network introduced, “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy,” from content curated through literature reviews, interviews, and a generative process that engaged both movement leaders and grantmakers to create a complete guide for effective social justice philanthropy.
This Foundations on the Hill 2016 toolkit for FPN members covers meeting with your legislators, key messages in 2016 legislation and social media engagement. Information provided by Florida Philanthropic Network, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and Council on Foundations.
This webinar covers topics on how societal investment correlates with financial performance, giving trends, the way companies measure societal outcomes and/or impacts.