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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.

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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

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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Assessing the How of Grantmaking

Publication date: 
01/2018

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

Does your grantmaking help organizations become more sustainable? Learn what you need to know to successfully answer the five core questions of grantmaking evaluation and ensure your time, energy and money are contributing to lasting impact.

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CEO Roundtable: Calculating Risks

Publication date: 
01/2018

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

OPEN YOUR EYES to the risks and responsibilities of CEOs in protecting your organization. Risk management is more than worrying about potential negatives; it’s addressing threats before they become crises and recognizing opportunities before they pass you by. Discover new perspectives on risk management and share successes and failures with your Florida foundation peers. This session is for CEOs and C-Suite leaders.

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Innovative Scholarships - Updating Practices for Improved Outcomes

Publication date: 
01/2018

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

Moving the needle to create equity is no easy task. In order to create measurable change, foundations and other educational organizations must be willing to take risks and try new, nontraditional approaches to support students. During this session, attendees learned about new practices and innovative programs highlighted in a recently published white paper authored by Helios Education Foundation. The session will also include roundtable discussions facilitated by experts with practical experience creating and administering innovative approaches to support student success. Attendees left the session with an understanding of how nontraditional approaches such as emergency scholarships, wraparound supports, Promise scholarships, and performance-based scholarships can be applied to promote postsecondary success among traditionally underserved students. 

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It's All in the Family: Putting Your Values Into Practice

Publication date: 
01/2018

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

Family values are at the center of our family foundations, but how can we ensure they’re aligned with our grantmaking? This session helps those with or without articulated or implicit values understand the keys to living those values and having conversations about them. The session introduced a set of concrete tools for initiating and managing effective conversations. 

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Staying Connected: How Five Foundations Understand Those They Seek to Help

Publication date: 
12/2017

CEP’s 2016 report, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy, finds that foundation leaders believe learning from the experiences of those they are ultimately trying to help holds a great deal of promise for increasing foundation impact in the coming decades. But CEP research also shows that both funders and grantees alike don’t always see this learning happening.

So, how are foundations that are rated highly by their grantees on their understanding of beneficiary needs doing this work?

Staying Connected: How Five Foundations Understand Those They Seek to Help profiles five foundations ranked among the top 15 percent of foundations that commissioned a Grantee Perception Report (GPR) between 2016 and 2017 when it comes to how their grantees rated them on questions related to their understanding of intended beneficiaries’ needs. The work of these five foundations seeks to help beneficiaries in a range of focus areas — from students to children and adults in need of affordable health care.

The foundations profiled are: Nord Family Foundation in Amherst, OH; Helios Education Foundation in Phoenix, AZ; the Duke Endowment in Charlotte, NC; the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owing Mills, MD; and SC Ministry Foundation in Cincinnati, OH.

The Fund for Shared Insight provided funding for this report.

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Beyond Traditional Scholarships

Publication date: 
12/2017

This policy brief examines creative scholarship models that meet the needs of underserved students, often by moving beyond monetary aid in the direction of wrap-around student supports. While continuing to provide financial relief for income-qualified students, a number of these programs couple academic supports along with financial assistance in order to address non-monetary needs that often impede completion.

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