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.
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The report shows an employment rate of only 30% for people with disabilities (PWD), ages 16 – 65. Importantly, the research revealed a wide variation of the employment rate from county to county for people with disabilities. This was not true for workers without disabilities. The research was funded by a grant from The Able Trust, to obtain a benchmark employment rate for those they serve, as a primary gauge of the success of programs that The Able Trust funds, and as a measure of the outcomes of the combination of services offered through private and public organizations in the state to increase employment opportunities and actual employment for Floridians with disabilities.
Last week Florida Philanthropic Network and our Florida Health Funders member affinity group released an educational brief on the state of children’s health coverage in Florida. Anyone who cares about the health of Florida’s kids needs to know the information covered in the publication.
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In similar ways, Tampa Bay’s economic development and philanthropic leaders work to enhance the quality of life for people throughout our region. The key elements of economic development are the recruitment of businesses to our community and the expansion and retention of businesses that call Tampa Bay home. Thus directly impacting the economic and social vibrancy of the region. By the same token, the philanthropic community provides support and resources to address Tampa Bay’s most critical issues resulting in the enhancement and sustainability of quality of life.
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.
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This research highlights innovative strategies, extraordinary and passionate leaders, and organizations that are creating pathways to engage the resources of their community for their community.
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The first statewide overview of philanthropy in Florida, this 32-page report gives a comprehensive look at Florida foundations and individual donors. The report also looks at the scope and focus of charitable giving, comparing Florida to other southeastern states and to the nation.
A newly released FPN educational brief explores children's health coverage in Florida. This December 2014 webinar discusses the bried. Florida's rate of uninsured children has declined in recent years, though it remains considerably higher than that of the nation and other southeastern states. This encouraging trend could be disrupted, however, by policy decisions in 2015 that could negatively impact as many as 400,000 children.
This educational brief, authored by Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families at the Georgetown University Policy Institute, describes the current state of childrens health coverage in Florida. The brief shows that Florida's rate of uninsured children has declined over the last five years but remains one of the highest in the nation. In the brief, Alker offers several policy issues and changes that may impact the number of uninsured children in Florida in the future.