A key objective of the Scaling What Works initiative has been to translate insight and learning from grantmaker intermediaries involved with the Social Innovation Fund and share them with the broader philanthropic community. The fifth guide in the Lessons Learned series presents the benefits and challenges of partnerships between local and national funders, and highlights key considerations for both kinds of funders to foster success in their collaboration.
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The Home for Life Issue Brief covers programs involving aging in place.
Checklist focusing on a foundation’s transparency in communicating key information about the organization to its constituents and the broader public.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently in the process of implementing changes made during the 2014 legislative session to Florida's Solicitation of Contributions Act - changes in which FPN played an advisory role. This February 2015 webinar, presented with Florida Nonprofit Alliance, provided an opportunity to learn about these changes firsthand from representatives from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
During this March 2015 member webinar we learned about Simplify, a new data-sharing tool that streamlines the grants application process for nonprofits and makes it easier for foundations to access information from grant applicants. Grantmakers get quality data, grantees save valuable time, and everyone benefits from a more efficient process. Simplify is an initiative of GuideStar and the Technology Affinity Group (TAG).
Professional advisors find themselves at the convergence point of two dramatic forces in society today: the enormous increase in personal wealth and the renewed concern for community. This advisor tool from Community Foundations of Florida provides professional advisors with giving advice on charitable giving.
This FPN research report offers an outlook for Florida grantmaking in 2012, based on FPN's statewide survey of Florida foundations and corporate grantmakers.
This 12-page white paper, developed by FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group, describes the valuable role that philanthropy plays in public education in Florida. It explains how philanthropy can best help policymakers in improving public education - with expertise, connections, reputation & convening power, and as risk takers - and provides some profiles of how foundations are working across the state to help strengthen public education.
On May 6, 2011, the Florida Legislature passed a $69.7 billion budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year beginning July 1, down from a $70.4 billion budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. To help our members understand how the budget will impact Florida's nonprofit sector, Florida Philanthropic Network has prepared a summary report of some items in the budget that are of particular interest to Florida grantmakers regarding state funding of the nonprofits that they support.
TechSoup helps nonprofits and Foundations save significant amounts of money on technology software, hardware, services, and training. Watch this informational webinar to learn how your foundation can benefit from this FREE membership.
Just as Tropical Storm Debby was whipping through Florida last month, Florida Philanthropic Network hosted a webinar to examine philanthropy’s role in disasters, based on lessons learned by the Jessie Ball duPo
Florida foundations made their voices heard in Washington this week.
Did you know that one of the best predictors of high school graduation and career success is whether or not a child can read proficiently by the end of third grade?
It’s easy to be skeptical about Washington these days, what with the apparent rise in partisanship, the seemingly oversized influence of money in politics, and the perception that not much seems to be getting done. So why bother meeting with your congressperson, one may ask, particularly traveling all the way to DC to do it. Is it really worth it? It’s a fair question, and one to which I’d respond with an unequivocal “Yes.”
Note: The following column written by David Biemesderfer, President & CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network, and Rena Coughlin, Board Member of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat on March 23, 2014:
Almost all grantmakers struggle with figuring out the most effective ways to gather feedback from their grantees.
As Congress debates deficit reduction and tax policy, Florida Philanthropic Network maintains a policy position to protect the full value of the charitable deduction. FPN has contacted policymakers and urged them to prevent any limits or caps to the charitable deduction.
In a strong show of bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives approved, by a 277-130 vote, the "America Gives More Act" (H.R. 4719) that contains several provisions aimed at increasing charitable giving in the United States.
When senators return to Washington next week after their August recess, they have an opportunity to help charitable organizations with their critical work in communities. By passing the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719), the Senate can help grow philanthropy at a time when the charitable sector is being asked to do more to help those in need.