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This study of family foundations in 2008 summarizes key findings regarding how many active family foundations are planning to spend down or exist in perpetuity (or have not yet made a decision), and examines their motivations and decision-making.
How to measure the value and results of corporate philanthropy remains one of corporate giving professionals’ greatest challenges. This report offers a review of recent measurement studies, models, and evidence drawn from complementary business disciplines as well as the social sector.
"Co-Creation" is a case study about the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. The case study examines co-creation, an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013. The companion piece, "Taking on New Roles to Address 21st Century Problems," looks at co-creation from the perspective of a regional association of grantmakers.
This advocacy and civic engagement toolkit is designed for community and public foundations that want to educate and encourage their grantees about getting involved in civic and policy activities to increase organizational capacity and impact. While its primary focus is on the grantmaking activity of these foundations, the toolkit also addresses rules and guidance for policy involvement by foundation officials acting on behalf of their foundations.
Florida's nonprofit sector is a robust industry and huge economic engine, according to this report conducted for Florida Philanthropic Network by Dr. Lester Salamon at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Civil Society. But even though it is strong, Florida's nonprofit sector lags behind the nation and other bellwether states on many variables, and is not big enough to meet the demands of a continuously growing and diverse population.
As Congress reconvenes for the year-end lame duck session to address a number of critical tax and spending issues related to the fiscal cliff, there are reports that a cap on the value of the charitable deduction is under consideration as a potential short-term revenue solution.
A growing number of philanthropic organizations in Florida are working to tackle this serious societal issue, and they have now come together through Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) to tackle the state’s homelessness problem in a unique state-national partnership.
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.
The College Access & Success Challenge Grant builds on the success of the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and its mission to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students. The purpose of this grant is to leverage local private investment, through Florida community foundations, to engage and sustain college access coalitions, thereby increasing the college-going and post secondary completion rates of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education and building a college going culture throughout the state.
Florida Philanthropic Network hosted a luncheon for its Tampa Bay Funders Forum to discuss lessons learned and continued healing initiatives with leaders from key organizations – City of Orlando, Contigo Fund and Central Florida Foundation – critical to the recovery effort after the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando and how the Bay area can develop a strategic philanthropy response plan in the event of a disaster or tragedy. Continue reading for a recap of the discussion and lessons learned.