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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
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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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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.

Nonprofits Watch Tax Reform Shifts

Release Date: 
12/01/2017

Leaders in the nonprofit sector usually prefer to sit political discussions out, but at the most recent installment of SRQ’s SB2 symposium series, Philanthropic Agenda, leaders from the area foundations said they have been closely watching recent debates in Washington on tax reform, concerned about how any change in tax structure could impact deductions and incentives for giving.

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Charitable gifts of appreciated stock – will you seize the moment?

Release Date: 
11/06/2017

While no one knows what the new tax code will include, we do know that the tax code currently provides incentives for making charitable gifts of marketable securities.

When you make a gift of long-term appreciated securities to a public charity, including the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, you can:

  • Claim a deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities.
  • Claim a deduction of up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income for the year.
  • Potentially avoid any capital gain income on the appreciated value of the securities.
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Five ways the proposed tax plan impacts Florida

Release Date: 
11/03/2017

The proposed federal tax overhaul — outlined in depth in the 429-page "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" — will affect every taxpayer differently. But in multiple ways, most Floridians will be less adversely impacted than others since Florida has no state income tax, no state estate tax and has both relatively affordable housing and median household incomes lower than most of the country.

Here’s a closer look at how five of the key provisions in the proposal could play out for Florida:

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A Highways Project for College Completion

Release Date: 
10/25/2017

A big boost to college completion would pay off for students and the economy, a new paper finds, but would substantially increase the federal deficit. 

A new paper from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences seeks to determine when the economic benefits to individuals and the national economy of such a completion boost would begin to outweigh investment costs.

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