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FPN Advocacy & Public Policy

Florida Philanthropic Network plays an active role in representing philanthropy in Florida and in advocating on behalf of philanthropy in Florida. FPN focuses its public policy work on the state level, but also is active in representing philanthropy with Florida's congressional delegation.


Florida Senate Session Information
Regular sessions of the Legislature begin on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and continue for 60 consecutive days, which may be extended by a three-fifths vote of each house.  Special sessions may be called by the Governor, or may be convened by joint proclamation of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Special sessions may not exceed 20 days, unless extended by a three-fifths vote of each house. 

Find information on bills, calendars, reports, appropriations and more information at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session.

Find your elected officials in Florida
The 'Find Your Representative' system will take your address supplied and deliver your State House Member, State Senate Member, United States Congressional Member and supply details on the United States Senate members.

Florida Policy Institute (FPI)
The Florida Policy Institute is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting widespread prosperity through  timely, thoughtful and objective analysis of state policy issues affecting economic opportunity.


The Power of Board Advocacy: A Discussion Guide for Foundation Boards
Foundation leaders have a unique opportunity to serve as powerful champions of their missions. Partnering with your grantees can amplify your impact. The following guide is designed to help you start having an honest conversation in the boardroom; a conversation about your foundation’s goals, approach, and, most importantly, vision for the future.

ACT!Quick: Advocacy Capacity Tool
ACT!Quick is a short version of Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!) and is designed to provide a quick diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening.

Advocacy & Public Policy Resources

The Status of Women in Florida by County: Health & Well-Being

Publication date: 
05/2018

Florida Ranks 35th in the Nation for Women’s Health & Well-Being

New report shows wide disparities by race and ethnicity for chronic health issues such as diabetes and AIDS

A new county-level analysis of the health status of women in Florida, released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in partnership with the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance (FWFA), finds that women in Florida have higher rates of AIDS and diabetes, slightly more days per month of poor mental health, and lower access to health insurance coverage than women in the United States overall. The report recommends policies that could address health disparities for women of color, increase the supply of quality mental healthcare providers, and support those with health issues and their caregivers through paid family and medical leave and paid sick days.

Florida overall received a C- on IWPR’s Health & Well-Being Composite Index—composed of nine health indicators that provide a basis for ranking and grading each state in the nation—but the report finds wide disparities in women’s status by county and by race and ethnicity.

The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings

Publication date: 
04/2018

The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings examines data on women’s employment, earnings and occupations and trends over time, including research and analysis necessary to make data-driven decisions. Released by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in partnership with Florida Philanthropic Network and Florida Women’s Funding Alliance.

In this webcast, Julie Anderson, M.A., Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and members of Florida Women's Funding Alliance discuss: 

  • New data on women's employment and earnings status in Florida
  • Findings on wide disparities in the employment and earnings of women of color
  • Updates on recommendations for policies and programs to reduce barriers and ensure equity in Florida women’s employment and earnings

The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings

Publication date: 
04/2018

Women have made progress over the past several decades; there are, however, significant areas for improvement for women in Florida. Since the publication of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s 2004 report The Status of Women in the States, Florida’s grade for women’s employment and earnings has worsened from a C- to a D+. The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings examines data on women’s employment, earnings and occupations and trends over time, including research and analysis necessary to make data-driven decisions.

How does a Census 2020 undercount affect your funding priorities?

Publication date: 
03/2018

Fair, proportionate voting representation in our democracy depends on valid census data. That’s why the census is required by the U.S. Constitution. Federal agencies rely on census and American Community Service (ACS) data to monitor discrimination and implement civil rights laws that protect voting rights, equal employment opportunity, and more. Census and ACS data also determine federal funding for health care, education, housing, food and income security, rural access to broadband, and other services. Communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children are all at risk of being missed at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives already vulnerable communities of fair representation and vital community resources.

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Florida FOTH18 Delegation Teleconference

Publication date: 
03/2018

This brief teleconference with Maggie Osborn, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at United Philanthropy Forum, covers key legislative issues and ways to create visibility for philanthropy on Capitol Hill.

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FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit

Publication date: 
02/2018

FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit prepares Florida Philanthropic Network members to educate on issues affecting Florida grantmakers; encourage Congress to view foundations as resources on key public policy issues; and connect with grantmakers from outside Florida and learn how they are approaching policy in their home states. FPN's FOTH18 Toolkit includes a one-pager and expanded sections like, Why are we here?, Co-Investors in the Community (Key Issues) and Being Social at FOTH. The 2018 Toolkit also introduces FPN's Advocacy Libs – fill-in-the-blank templates to help craft messaging for elected officials on key issues!

Communications Affinity Group Meeting

Publication date: 
01/2018

FPN's Communications Affinity Group held its annual meeting at #2018FPN with staff and board members of foundations and other grantmaking organizations who have communications responsibilities, to share your experiences, questions and insights. Learn how South Florida’s independent sector and community stakeholders are building strategic partnerships through community-led initiatives and commitment to public service with speakers from United Way of Miami-Dade, Radical Partners and Florida International University. 

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Policy Update: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Publication date: 
01/2018

Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

Attendees analyzed current policy issues to better understand how they affect Florida grantmakers' ability to fund change and help improve quality of life in the Sunshine State.

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Census 2020: The Impact of an Inaccurate Count

Publication date: 
01/2018

Session resources from #2018FPN Driven, FPN's 10th Annual Statewide Summit on Philanthropy.

Learn more about Census 2020 and how an inaccurate count impacts our state, including Immigrant, Aging and LGBTQ communities through loss of Federal funding and the implications to the philanthropic community. Speakers who are working on the issue both nationally and locally inform attendees about options for organizations to take policy action on the federal/state/local levels as well as how to coordinate with the nonprofit community to support the decennial census.

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