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.
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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.
Generations Together is many things: a curriculum that could be followed step-by-step for a comprehensive learning experience, a collection of resources to tap when the time is right, or an ongoing source of inspiration and ideas. It was designed for giving families at every phase—whether you are just starting out or have been active for decades and generations.
Funders often struggle with how to help their grantees increase their communications know-how. To address that need, over the past two years a group of members of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers developed and tested a program to build their grantees’ communications capacity. The capacity-building program is comprised of training and tailored follow-up to help the organizations plan specific communications, goals, target their audiences, and implement tactics that immediately benefit the organization.
A number of arts and non-arts funders have recognized the power of arts and culture to help tackle community development challenges and opportunities. In this session we’ll gain some insights into what is being learned from a national effort to develop tools and methods to better understand how, and under what conditions, the integration of arts and culture into comprehensive community development can contribute to economic, social, physical and cultural changes that generate greater opportunity for people in low-income neighborhoods.
In 2015, downtown Jacksonville saw the grand opening of the Jessie Ball duPont Center, a renovated library that provides offices for nonprofits and work and gathering spaces for the community in an energy-efficient environment with state-of-the-art technology. The Center was made possible through an innovative community investment approach by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, which holds the Center as an asset in its investment portfolio. The Fund has chosen to invest a small portion of its assets for the benefit of the community rather than for the rate of return on the endowment.
Moving the needle on critical social problems often doesn’t happen without advocacy and policy playing an important role, and funders can play a bigger role in this area than many people realize. In this session we’ll hear from the Alliance for Justice (AFJ) about the key benefits foundations gain when they include advocacy strategies in their work, and the top pieces of advice from nonprofit advocates to foundations. Content for the session is based on AFJ’s new "Funding Change Playbook.”
"Pay for Success” (PFS) has emerged as a strategy for seeking cost-effective solutions that can deliver better outcomes for communities. PFS financing and grantmaking models can direct taxpayer dollars to interventions that have demonstrated success in delivering social and economic outcomes, whereby an investor contracts with a service provider and agrees to pay for specific outcomes the service provider achieves.
Grantmakers often struggle to make evaluation and learning meaningful to anyone outside their organizations. Not only is evaluation conducted primarily for internal purposes, but it is usually completed by grantmakers entirely on their own — with no outside learning partners except perhaps an external evaluator — and provides little value and may even be burdensome to grantees or other stakeholders.
PACE Center for Girls is a community-based, gender-responsive alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for girls with high-risk behaviors, with 19 nonresidential locations across the state of Florida. The PACE model balances academics and social services in a holistic, strength-based culture, with the intention of promoting protective factors and mitigating risk factors for delinquency among girls. 30% of girls enter PACE with a prior arrest, yet 92% of girls completing the program had no further involvement with the justice system a year later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Council on Foundations is pleased to partner again with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Now in its fourth year, this award recognizes excellence in partnerships that have transformed communities through collaborations between foundations and government entities. The goal is to highlight the value of public-philanthropic partnerships that positively impact the quality of life for low and moderate income communities — urban, suburban, and rural.
Currently the health workforce is trained to respond to pressing health needs associated with acute illness and communicable diseases, rather than to proactively anticipate and counter changes in people’s intrinsic capacity (physical and mental). The workforce is rarely trained to work with older people to ensure they can increase control over their own health.