Florida Philanthropic Network provided a strong voice for Florida philanthropy in Washington, DC a few weeks ago when we led our state’s delegation for the 2015 Foundations on the Hill event. The Florida team held 23 meetings with members of our state’s congressional delegation and their staffs, where we stressed to them the value and impact of philanthropy in our state.
The annual Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) event was held this year on March 18-19, 2015, and was co-sponsored by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the Council on Foundations. During our FOTH meetings we thanked the Florida representatives who were among the 21 legislators voting recently for the America Gives More Act. We also stressed the importance of this legislation to those House members who did not vote for the measure. The bill includes several key provisions that are important to the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including simplifying the private foundation excise tax to a flat rate of 1 percent and making permanent the IRA charitable rollover. During our Washington visits we discussed the need to ensure that any comprehensive tax reform discussions consider the implications of proposed tax changes on philanthropic and charitable organizations, and in turn, our communities—preserving the charitable deduction, for example. In our meeting with Senator Rubio’s staff, we thanked Senator Rubio for including the charitable deduction in his recent tax reform proposal.
FPN members and staff involved in the 2015 Foundations on the Hill event were Sherry Magill, Mark Constantine, Jordan Kinser and Maria Wrabel with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund; Javier Alberto Soto with The Miami Foundation; Tom Giles with the Florida Blue Foundation; and David Biemesderfer and Christopher Johnson with Florida Philanthropic Network.
FPN remains committed to being a strong voice for Florida philanthropy with our legislators and other policymakers. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure a positive environment in Florida for strengthening and growing philanthropy. If you have any questions about FPN’s public policy work, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 813-983-7396, firstname.lastname@example.org.
– David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network