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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. 

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Find your elected officials in Florida
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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

Florida gender wage gap gets a D+

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Video: A D+ thats more like an F to some. The state didn't fair well in recent research showing women don't make enough and men don't make much more. Experts reviewing the study say it's time to take aciton both from a policy perspective and within women themselves.

4/10/2018: Equal Pay Day; Moveable Feast; First Coast Connect Book Club; Mosaic 2018

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Audio Recording: Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed Equal Pay Day with Paula Liang, Ellen Wiss and Melanie Patz from the Women’s Giving Alliance (01:12).  

My heart sinks for working women in Florida

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The very next day, my heart sank when Brenda Tate, CEO of the Southwest Florida Women’s Foundation, shared a new report on “The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings,” which gave our state a grade of D+, down from a C- in 2002, and a ranking of 38th in the country when it comes to women’s earnings compared to men.   

Florida Receives a D+ on Women’s Employment and Earnings, with Wide Disparities by County

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TAMPA, Fla. – A new county-level analysis of the status of women in Florida finds that the state receives a D+ and ranks 36th in the nation on the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) Employment and Earnings Index—which scores states based on the share of women in the labor force, women’s median annual earnings, the gender wage gap and the share of employed women in professional or managerial occupations. The Status of Women in Florida by County: Employment & Earnings, released by IWPR in partnership with Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) and Florida Women’s Funding Alliance (FWFA), finds that Florida’s grade for women’s employment and earnings has worsened since 2004 and reveals wide disparities in women’s status by county and by race and ethnicity.

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

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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.

Bradford meeting educates on constitution revision

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If you’re not up on what the Constitution Revision Commission is, but want to be, there’s a meeting in Bradford County Wednesday for you.

Attorney Bruce B. Blackwell, executive director of the Florida Bar Foundation, will make a presentation about the CRC at 11 a.m. to teach residents about Florida’s unique constitution revision process. Recent surveys show that only 1 in 10 Floridians are up to speed on the topic, according to the Florida Bar’s meeting announcement.

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Gender wage gap narrows in Florida, but equal pay still two decades away

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A new Economic Status of Women in Florida fact sheet released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in partnership with the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance (FWFA) finds that Florida has dropped from the middle to the worst third in the nation for women's Employment & Earnings and has risen from the worst to the middle third for Poverty & Opportunity. Despite a narrowing gender wage gap, if current trends continue, women in Florida will not see equal pay until the year 2038.

Florida FOTH18 Delegation Teleconference

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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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Building Whole Communities: Join us across Florida

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Florida has the fourth largest immigrant population in the country. Immigrants and refugees are an integral part of our communities and contribute significantly to Florida’s culture and economy. Join FPN and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for the Florida Funders' Tour this April.