New FPN Report Shows Recession’s Toll on Florida’s Charitable Giving, But Outlook Is Brighter

Florida Philanthropic Network’s latest research report documents the serious toll that the economic recession has taken on charitable giving in Florida. The report confirms that the combined charitable giving of individuals, foundations and corporations in Florida dropped 8.6 percent between 2008 and 2009, which follows a double-digit decline the previous year. But on the bright side, the state’s charitable giving is estimated to have stabilized in 2010 and rebounded slightly in 2011.

The recession appears to have had an even greater negative impact on charitable giving in Florida than in the country as a whole. This is not surprising when you consider that Florida was hit harder by the recession than most other states. A growing number of Floridians have been forced to cut back on their charitable donations as they face new financial hardships. Continue reading

Florida’s Proposed Changes To Medicaid Long-Term Care Raise Questions

Florida is proposing to make significant changes in its Medicaid Long-Term Care program, impacting as many as 84,000 current beneficiaries as well as another 27,000 individuals who are on various waiting lists. The primary direction the state is seeking to go is to move almost all long-term care beneficiaries into capitated managed care.

These beneficiaries are a particularly vulnerable and costly group, generally in fair or poor health, with little income and few resources.

To understand more about how the proposed changes will affect this population – and their families, caregivers and others in the state – the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Winter Park Health Foundation asked researchers at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute to examine the proposed changes to the Long-Term Care program. Continue reading

Florida Foundation Giving Expected to Be Stable in 2012, New FPN Report Shows

For anyone who’s interested in Florida philanthropy and Florida’s nonprofit sector, there’s a great deal of interesting news in FPN’s just-released 2012 Florida Grantmaking Outlook Report. Based on a statewide survey of grantmakers, the report estimates that charitable giving by Florida foundations and corporate givers will remain stable in 2012 from 2011 levels, at about $1.26 billion. Grantmaking stability is good news for a nonprofit sector that has seen a lot of instability in recent years.

The survey revealed that more than two-thirds – 69 percent – of Florida grantmakers expect their total grants to stay the same in 2012 from 2011 levels.  Less than one-fourth of grantmakers anticipate an increase in their giving this year, and just 8 percent foresee a drop in their grant dollars.

The report uncovered several important grantmaking trends for 2012. The biggest changes that Florida grantmakers plan to make in their support in 2012 compared to last year is to increase their funding for nonprofits’ public policy or advocacy work, with 29 percent of funders saying they plan to increase their support for this type of work in 2012. A significant percentage of grantmakers also indicated their intentions to increase capacity building/strategic planning grants, program support and general/operating support.  Continue reading

Get Networked, Foundations, Says Allison Fine

A full house packed the breakout session with Allison Fine at FPN’s Statewide Summit on Philanthropy to learn more about networked foundations and the cultures that make them possible.

In our networks today, we have to cultivate free agents – people who do not belong to nonprofits or our foundations, but who speak and influence others on multiple networks.

“On land” – meeting in person – is not irrelevant, but social media added to the mix makes your networks visible, actionable and much bigger much more quickly.

Social media is inexpensive, easy to use, two-way and scalable.

The costs? The loss of privacy. They own your data on Facebook. And it all requires some elbow grease to make it work.

Our default setting as institutions is a tendency to be implementers as staff, instead of engaging other people to work on our behalf as ambassadors – your donors, your grantseekers, your board members. But when the walls are down, we are developing answers with the world. Social media only works when it’s authentic and real. Continue reading

Inspiration From a Brave Generation

The first night of Florida Philanthropic Network’s 2012 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy featured something new at the Summit: A Dinner & A Movie event, sponsored by Wells Fargo. We screened the Emmy-winning American Experience PBS documentary Freedom Riders. After the movie we had a discussion with Dr. Ray Arsenault of the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, whose book was the basis for the movie, and former Freedom Riders David and Winonah Myers.

The documentary itself was moving, disturbing, intriguing and inspiring – it’s easy to see why it won three Emmys last year. It shared details I never knew about six months in 1961 when more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. After facing brutal beatings, extended jail time in sometimes harsh conditions, burned buses and life-threatening showdowns with angry mobs, these brave young men and women ultimately succeeded in removing segregated sections on all interstate buses and trains and all bus and train stations and facilities. Continue reading

Advancing Philanthropy in the New Social Economy

The Florida Philanthropic Network’s 2012 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy is off to a fabulous start – inspiration, innovation and fresh approaches from some of the country’s leading philanthropic thinkers.

Perla Ni is the founder and president of Great Nonprofits. Her walk through the new social economy explained how new tools like social media, new structures and financial instruments, and new approaches are deploying innovations for public good.

Walls are coming down in every sector, as the information is flowing more freely. For example, farmers can follow others on Twitter to know exactly what’s going on over acres of land. At John Hopkins University, scientists studied 1.5 million health-related tweets to understand big misconceptions about flu treatments. And even the DMV in California is using Twitter for customer service and monitoring. Continue reading