The Power of a Network to Amplify Philanthropy’s Voice

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Originally posted on the The Center for Effective Philanthropy blog

I recently wrote a post for the CEP blog about the power of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers — the Forum Network — to advance philanthropy across the field. That power of the Forum Network, the largest network serving philanthropy in America, was on display again in March when nearly 200 representatives of foundations and other philanthropic organizations converged on Washington, D.C. for Foundations on the Hill. The event is the one time each year when the philanthropic sector gathers together in the nation’s capitol to provide a collective voice for philanthropy with federal legislators and other policymakers. People from 31 states held more than 260 meetings with House and Senate members to tell their personal stories about the value of philanthropy in their states and districts, and to highlight important federal policies that can strengthen and grow philanthropy.  Continue reading

FPN Leads Team to Advocate for Philanthropy on Capitol Hill

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.

FPN President & CEO David Biemesderfer (l) was one of the speakers for the kick-off of the 2015 Foundations on the Hill Event, along with (l-r) Sherry Magill, President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and a founder of FPN; Adam Meyerson, President of the Philanthropy Roundtable; and Sue Santa, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundations

FPN President & CEO David Biemesderfer (l) was one of the speakers for the kick-off of the 2015 Foundations on the Hill and Philanthropy Week in Washington, along with (l-r) Sherry Magill, President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and a founder of FPN; Adam Meyerson, President of Philanthropy Roundtable; and Sue Santa, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundations.

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Three Florida Grantmakers Win Prestigious National Award for Outstanding Public-Philanthropic Partnership

Florida was well-represented this week at the announcement of the recipients of a prestigious national award to honor outstanding partnerships between philanthropy and the public sector. Three members of Florida Philanthropic Network—Florida Blue Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs—were among 10 recipients nationwide of the Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Council on Foundations. The awards were announced at the Council’s Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Cleveland. Continue reading

Why Hill Visits Matter: Florida Grantmakers Make Their Voices Heard in DC

It’s easy to be skeptical about Washington these days, what with the apparent rise in partisanship, the seemingly oversized influence of money in politics, and the perception that not much seems to be getting done. So why bother meeting with your congressperson, one may ask, particularly traveling all the way to DC to do it. Is it really worth it? It’s a fair question, and one to which I’d respond with an unequivocal “Yes.”

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of being part of a team of Florida grantmakers who gathered on Capitol Hill to meet with Florida’s congressional delegation, led by Florida Philanthropic Network. We were there to talk about the importance to Florida’s future of ensuring a strong and growing philanthropic sector in our state, and to discuss key legislative and policy issues that can help make that happen. The meetings were part of the annual Foundations on the Hill event put on by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, in partnership with the Council on Foundations and the Alliance for Charitable Reform. Continue reading

Capping the Charitable Deduction Will Hurt Floridians

As Congress reconvenes for the year-end lame duck session to address a number of critical tax and spending issues related to the fiscal cliff, there are reports that a cap on the value of the charitable deduction is under consideration as a potential short-term revenue solution.  Although these discussions deal with myriad complex issues, here are some key reasons why capping the charitable deduction is not a good idea for our communities and our state: Continue reading