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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

Children’s Coverage in Florida: A Closer Look at Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Publication date: 
10/2017

FPN's Florida Health Funders hosted a first in-depth look at Children’s Coverage in Florida: A Closer Look at Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program with Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Joan presented findings from the report, including policy considerations for CHIP and Medicaid; results from Florida’s continued improvement in children’s coverage rates; and potential CHIP funding outcomes and what’s at stake for Florida’s children.

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EAG Fall 2017 Convening - Resources and Presentations

Publication date: 
10/2017

Florida education funders and education leaders gathered at Quail Hollow Elementary School for a unique hands-on experience observing effective instruction consistent with the Florida Standards, interactions with principals and teachers and discussion on challenges and accomplishments. Funders also heard initial results and next steps of the College Access and Success Initiative, as well as insights into the upcoming legislative session. 

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ACA, Medicaid and CHIP: What Changes Could Mean for Florida

Publication date: 
03/2017

The federal policy landscape is in flux, and health care is among the top priorities of this Congress and the new administration. Download the slides and listen to the recording of this Florida Health Funders webinar with Joan Alker, executive director and research professor at the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, as she discusses how various policy proposals to alter or repeal the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program could impact healthcare in Florida — especially for children.

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Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know

Publication date: 
09/2017

Listen to the audio the recording of Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know, a webinar for funders sponsored by Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Council on Foundations and the Southeastern Council of Foundations. To learn more about how Irma impacted the states and abroad, read Center for Disaster Philanthropy's detailed summary and listen to the audio recording of “Hurricane Irma: What Funders Should Know."

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The Economic Impact of Florida Nonprofits by Florida Nonprofit Alliance

Publication date: 
08/2017

Nonprofits are more important than ever, not only through their various health, human service and educational services, but also in their significant contribution to the overall economy. While there is considerable focus on the public and private sectors of our economy, the nonprofit sector’s economic contributions draw little attention.

The Florida Nonprofit Alliance has commissioned a tailored report that provides an overview of Florida’s nonprofits and their positive economic impact on the state. This critical study provides the state’s elected officials, business community and its nonprofit sector with clear, concise and accurate information on the breadth and financial scope of the nonprofit sector, ultimately providing factual support for the investment in the services and resources nonprofits supply. 

Watch the recording below as Florida Nonprofit Alliance Executive Director Sabeen Perwaiz takes a deeper look at the report and how you can apply the findings to your work. 

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Beyond Scholarships: How Foundations and Organizations are Rethinking Approaches to Promote Equity

Publication date: 
06/2017

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 innovative approaches to support students. During this webinar, participants learned about work that the Helios Education Foundation, Florida Philanthropic Network and the Florida College Access Network are leading in compiling such practices and innovative programs.

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21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Foundations

Publication date: 
05/2017

The world has changed dramatically since the first community foundation opened its doors in 1914. Today, these organizations play vital roles in more than 750 communities, but they also face competition from new philanthropy vehicles. This report looks at resources and tools that can help community foundations continue to identify and meet needs in their communities.

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