February 2013        
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FPN 2013 Summit Highlights
FPN's 2013 Summit   FPN Holds Largest-Ever Statewide Summit on Philanthropy
More than 200 people gathered in Orlando on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 for FPN's 2013 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy - "What Is Philanthropy's Leadership Opportunity?" - presented by Bank of America. The fifth annual Summit was FPN's largest ever, with record attendance and sponsorship support. Here are a few highlights from the Summit:
David Odahowski & Sherry Magill   Honoring Florida Philanthropy Leadership: Sherry Magill & David Odahowski
At the 2013 Summit FPN honored two leaders in Florida's philanthropic sector: Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund in Jacksonville, and David Odahowski, president & CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park. Sherry and David are two of the co-founders of FPN. They have served on FPN's board of directors since FPN's first board meeting in 2001, and they left the board on Jan. 30 after more than 12 years of service. They exemplify what strong leadership in philanthropy is all about.
Joe Clark & Jane Soltis   Honoring Florida Philanthropy Leadership: Joe Clark & Jane Soltis of the Eckerd Family Foundation
This year the Eckerd Family Foundation is sunsetting per the intentions of the foundation's founders, the late Ruth and Jack Eckerd. At the 2013 Summit FPN honored two of the foundation's leaders, Joe Clark, president, and Jane Soltis, vice president. Under their leadership, the Eckerd Family Foundation has done pioneering work in supporting and advocating for Florida's most vulnerable children, particularly youth and children in the juvenile justice system and foster care system.
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Steve Marcus Honored   Florida Philanthropy Leaders Join FPN Board of Directors; Mark Brewer Elected New Board Chair
Four leaders in Florida's philanthropy field have joined FPN's board of directors. At its meeting on Jan. 30, FPN's board elected three new directors to three-year terms on the board: Kim Bentley, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Matt Haggman, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and Patricia Maddox, Winter Park Health Foundation. The directors also elected to bring back to the board Susan Towler, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, in May 2013. In addition, the board elected Mark Brewer, president & CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Florida, as its new chair, and honored Steve Marcus, president & CEO of the Health Foundation of South Florida (shown at far left with FPN president & CEO David Biemesderfer), for his two years of service as chair.
Affordability Foreclosed   New Community Foundation Report Highlights Serious Shortages in Affordable Rental Housing in Palm Beach & Martin Counties
For families in Palm Beach and Martin counties seeking an alternative to purchasing a home or displaced by the foreclosure crisis, finding affordable rental housing is becoming a crisis in itself, according to a new report by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The report shows, for example, that average monthly rents in the region have skyrocketed 71% since 2000, while construction of new affordable rental housing has not kept up with demand.
Corporate Philanthropy   Jacksonville Companies Doing Well by Doing Good
A recent column in The Florida Times-Union looked at the importance and value of corporate social responsibility in Jacksonville, and highlighted the work of several of FPN's corporate members: Bank of America, CSX, Florida Blue, Publix and Wells Fargo. Incoming FPN board member Susan Towler of Florida Blue notes that "more and more customers are saying they want to do business with a company that cares about our community, about the environment, about more than just making a profit, especially among millennials and younger consumers."
> Nonprofit for Entrepreneurs to Open Miami Affiliate With Support From Knight Foundation
Endeavor, a nonprofit that builds communities of high-impact entrepreneurs and innovators, will open its first U.S. affiliate in Miami with $2 million in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In late 2013, Miami innovators can apply to become Endeavor entrepreneurs, connecting them to a global network of volunteer mentors and advisors who can help scale their ventures.
> Community Foundation of Sarasota County Helps Replenish Shelves at Food Bank
In the fall, news of empty shelves at All Faiths Food Bank spread throughout the Sarasota community. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County responded with a $45,000 grant from the Season of Sharing Fund to help replenish the empty shelves. In late 2012, the foundation awarded another $30,000 to All Faiths through a grant from the Kathleen K. Catlin Fund.
> New Initiative Targets Hunger in Sarasota
The numbers of hungry people in Sarasota - and how best to find and help them - will be the focus of a new partnership between All Faiths Food Bank and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The initiative, called Feeding Hungry Families, will quantify the problem with three key research components.
> Jaguars Foundation Supports Parent Aide Services
The Jaguars Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant to the Exchange Club Family Center of Northeast Florida to assist with the organization's in-home parent aide services, which seeks to reduce the risk for child abuse and help families grow and prosper.
> Indian River Community Foundation Celebrates Five Years and $10 Million to Charities
> Community Foundation of North Florida Announces 2012 Knight Foundation Grants
Public Policy Update
US Capitol   Ways & Means to Hold Hearing on Charitable Deduction
This Thursday, Feb. 14, the House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing to examine the itemized deduction for charitable contributions as part of the Committee's work on comprehensive tax reform. The Committee expects to hear testimony from a large number of witnesses, including representatives from the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector. The Committee will accept formal statements for the record until Feb. 28. FPN will be submitting a formal statement on behalf of Florida's philanthropic sector. You'll find messages and information at FPN's charitable deduction resource page.
> New FPN Fact Sheet
How Philanthropy Helps Build a Better Florida
FPN has created this new one-pager to help policymakers and others understand the key roles that philanthropy can play to help build a better Florida. The piece emphasizes foundations' strengths as independent conveners, risk-tolerant organizations that can fund innovation and research the issues, and strategic investors in long-term solutions to today's challenges.
Focus On: Recovering From Sandy
Superstorm Sandy   The Patterson Foundation Offers Critical Match Gift to Center for Disaster Philanthropy's Hurricane Sandy Fund
The Patterson Foundation has awarded a $200,000 match gift to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's (CDP) Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund. In less than eight weeks, CDP met the foundation's challenge and is nearing $500,000 in total contributions to the Fund. The CDP Hurricane Sandy Disaster Fund gives donors an opportunity to maximize the impact of generosity to support the full lifecycle of the disaster, and is the CDP's first fund.
> Guidelines Announced for $5 Million New Jersey Recovery Fund
In early February the Community Foundation of New Jersey announced guidelines for the New Jersey Recovery Fund, which seeks to address the intermediate and long-term impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The Fund, which has approximately $5 million in contributions and commitments, will serve as a flexible source of financial support to New Jersey organizations and communities as they rebuild over the coming months and years. The Fund is a joint effort among local and national foundations, New Jersey corporations, and individuals to provide support to New Jersey's communities and nonprofits that are affected by or responding to Hurricane Sandy.
Eileen Connolly-Keesler   
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> Harold Barley, Dr. William Marvin Hardy, IV and J. Kurt Wood have been elected as new members of the Winter Park Health Foundation's board of directors. Barley is executive director of MetroPlan Orlando; Hardy is medical director and pediatrician at Grace Medical Home, a not-for-profit medical practice that provides comprehensive health care for uninsured, low-income residents of Orange County; Wood serves as director of client service at DePrince, Race & Zollo, Inc., an institutional equity investment management firm.
> Eileen Connolly-Keesler has been named president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County. She previously served for 13 years as president and CEO of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation in Wisconsin. Mary George, who has been acting president of the foundation since May, has returned to her job as the organization's vice president for community investment.
> Philip A. Delaney has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Delaney is president and chief executive officer of Northern Trust Florida in Sarasota and Manatee counties. He has stepped up prior to his planned term as board chair to fill the position vacated by Margaret Callihan, who left Sarasota for a promotion with SunTrust Bank in Fort Lauderdale.
> Steve Wheeler has been appointed to the board of directors of the Helios Education Foundation. He is chairman of the board of Scottsdale Healthcare Corp., a community healthcare system in Arizona with approximately $1 billion in annual revenues; director and vice chair of the Flinn Foundation, a $200 million privately endowed grantmaking organization focusing on biomedical research, education and the arts; director and past chairman of the Valley of the Sun United Way; and a trustee of the Phoenix Art Museum.
Recent job postings on FPN's Jobs Board:
> Charitable Funds Manager, Community Foundation of Broward, Fort Lauderdale.
> Controller and Director, Information Services, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Tampa.
> Director, Donor Relations, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Tampa.
> Foundation Grants & Program Manager, Community Foundation for Brevard, Melbourne.
> Online Communications & Services Manager, Florida Philanthropic Network, Tampa.
> Stewardship Specialist, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Tampa.
Funding Opportunities
> Allegany Franciscan Ministries' Major Grants
Allegany will award a limited number of Major Grants in 2013 through a single, competitive, open grant cycle in each of its service regions (Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Tampa Bay). Major Grants are strategically aligned with Allegany's overall mission and regional goals. Pre-application deadline: March 21.
> Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties to Match DonorsChoose Gifts
The community foundation will match every dollar donated in any amount that supports a Palm Beach or Martin county classroom project featured on DonorsChoose.org, up to $70,000. The match opportunity expires in Jan. 2014 or until the total match dollars are met, whichever comes first. The foundation has also provided gift cards to residents throughout the community to encourage donors to support local projects - bringing it total investment to $100,000.
> Community Foundation of Broward's Animal Welfare Programs & Gay and Lesbian Broward Community Fund
The community foundation welcomes proposals for programs that support animal population control or animal welfare in Broward County. The foundation also welcomes proposals for innovative programs that address the greatest needs of the gay and lesbian community in Broward. Deadlines: Feb. 28 for Animal Welfare Programs; March 15 for Gay and Lesbian Broward Community Fund.
> Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation's 2013 Grant Cycle
The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry from Feb. 1 to April 15 for programs and projects to improve, preserve or restore the health and health care of people in Miami-Dade County.
> Knight Arts Challenge Miami
South Floridians can submit their ideas for the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest funding cultural projects that engage and enrich Greater Miami. In each application, reviewers look for two key attributes: artistic excellence and ways the project will engage the public. Anyone can apply. The process has just three rules: Projects must be about the arts, take place in or benefit South Florida and match Knight's funding. Deadline: March 4.
> Marlins Charity Partner Empowerment Fund
The Marlins Foundation will choose four South Florida organizations to be its Charity Partners for the 2013 season and receive a $25,000 gift. Through its Charity Partner Empowerment Fund, the Marlins Foundation invests in innovative organizations that are impacting the local community. Pre-proposal deadline: Feb. 15.
> The Miami Foundation's Safe Passage Program & Denise Moon Memorial Fund
The Miami Foundation is accepting proposals for the 2013 Safe Passage grant program, which supports nonprofits that are helping young people make the challenging transition from foster care to living independently; and for the 2013 State Attorney's Denise Moon Memorial Fund, which helps nonprofits assist victims of crime, helps residents reduce crime in their communities and helps offenders get their lives back on track. Deadlines: Feb. 13 for Safe Passage; March 7 for Denise Moon Memorial Fund.
Welcome New FPN Members
> Boeing, Titusville.
> Celia Lipton Farris & Victor W. Farris Foundation, West Palm Beach.
> Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, Coral Gables.
> Marlins Foundation, Miami.
> Maurice N. Katz Family Foundation, Palm Beach.
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