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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

Trump budget’s local impacts: Food stamps, Amtrak

Release Date: 
05/24/2017

Trump proposed a lot of cuts to social-service programs, including a $191 billion reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as “food stamps,” in the next 10 years. The 30 percent cut far exceeds prior proposals by Capitol Hill Republicans. The food stamp program serves about 42 million people nationwide.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reports nearly one in five Floridians receive food stamps, or 19.5 percent. That is higher than the national average of one in seven, or 14.5 percent.

K-12 Education: A Recap of the 2017 Legislative Session

Publication date: 
05/2017

Learn what happened in key education areas during this annual Legislative Session debrief -- what it all means for our students, teachers and schools. Hosted in conjunction with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, watch the recording below for insights on policy and budget outcomes. Senator David Simmons, Chair of the Florida Senate's Appropriations Subcommittee on Pre-K-12 Education, was the featured speaker.

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Advocacy Funder Collaboratives

Publication date: 
04/2017

For this suite of resources, GrantCraft captured the wisdom of philanthropic leaders who have participated in multi-party advocacy collaboratives and conducted a literature scan of how foundations talk about advocacy-focused collaborative work.

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New maps display Medicaid/CHIP enrollment by Congressional district

Publication date: 
04/2017

These interactive maps from Georgetown University CCF show the percent of children and adults covered by Medicaid (and in the case of children, CHIP) in each congressional district. Compare your Congressional districts with other areas of the country based on the 114th Congress. You can zoom out and see how your district compares to other parts of the country or download a state-specific handout to see the full break-out of sources of health care coverage by district in your entire state.

The Johnson Amendment In 5 Questions And Answers

Publication date: 
02/2017

In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Trump vowed to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution."

Some conservative Christian groups will welcome the promise, but many Americans may wonder what Trump was talking about. Here are five basic questions that we can answer.

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Policy Update: Johnson Amendment

Publication date: 
03/2017

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers supports the continued full enforcement of current law that prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from endorsing, opposing or contributing to political candidates and engaging in partisan campaign activities—also known as the “Johnson Amendment.” Click through for access to articles, legislation and other resources to bettern understand implications of repeal of the Johnson Amendment. 

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Philanthropy’s Role in a New Era

Publication date: 
02/2017

The Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson delivered the plenary address, "Philanthropy's Role in a New Era," at the Florida Philanthropic Network Summit on Feb. 3, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In this speech, Rapson shared 10 principles for how the foundation does its work, all informed through the foundation's experience in supporting Detroit's revitalization and its transformation from a capital challenge grantmaker to a strategic philanthropy. 

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Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

Publication date: 
09/2015

This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.

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The Power of Board Advocacy: A Discussion Guide for Foundation Boards

Publication date: 
08/2016

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.

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