On a single day and night in January 2014, Florida communities counted more than 41,000 people who were living on the street or in an emergency shelter, according to a recent report by Florida’s Council on Homelessness, while Florida’s public schools recently identified more than 70,000 students as homeless. A growing number of philanthropic organizations in Florida are working to tackle this serious societal issue, and they have now come together through Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) to tackle the state’s homelessness problem in a unique state-national partnership.
To continue FPN’s efforts to build philanthropy to build a better Florida, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new member affinity group, Funders Together Florida, which is a partnership between FPN and Funders Together to End Homelessness (FTEH), a national network of funders focused on homelessness. Funders Together Florida will be FTEH’s first statewide affiliate.
Funders Together Florida will be both a member affinity group of FPN and a regional affiliate of FTEH. The group will be comprised of members of both FPN and FTEH who are interested in working collectively to prevent and end homelessness in Florida through leadership, education and policy; strategic communication and grantmaking; and the effective promotion and replication of promising practices in their communities and across Florida.
The collaboration is a great example of how a region-focused philanthropic network can work together with an issue-focused national philanthropic network to increase philanthropy’s impact. Funders Together Florida will combine FTEH’s national expertise and resources on philanthropic efforts to prevent and end homelessness with FPN’s expertise, resources and connections on Florida philanthropy. It’s a true win-win.
FPN has worked with Funders Together to End Homelessness in a number of different ways over the past few years, including a program at our 2015 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy earlier this year that resulted in the creation of Funders Together Florida. We look forward to taking our collaborative power to the next level.
– David Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network