Public Policy

Florida Philanthropic Network is pleased to once again be leading the state’s delegation to Washington, D.C., for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), March 21-22.
I admit it. I’m a policy wonk who happens to serve a foundation that understands the importance of public policy and advocacy work.
“If we are not at the table, we run the risk of being on the menu.” How I remember that comment from last year’s Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Sure enough, we had a close call this past season with efforts to trim the charitable deduction.
On March 21-22, organized philanthropy will gather in Washington, D.C., for Foundations on the Hill, two days of face-to-face meetings with our nation’s legislators.
Many observers view 2012 as a year when little will get done legislatively, as the candidates and political parties jockey for position in advance of the presidential election.
The call came to West Central Initiative early in the work day on Dec. 17: Minnesota was one of nine states chosen for the Department of Education’s Race to the Top early childhood challenge grant. We greeted the news with excitement.
It can be frustrating to look for useful bits of information on grantees and strong programs inside an agency that produces large amounts of data each and every day.
With the news that the Philanthropic Facilitation Act (H.R. 3420) was introduced in the U.S.
Linda Reed of the Montana Community Foundation shares the story about her visit to the Capitol and briefing congressional staff on the Rural Philanthropy Growth Act.
With the supercommittee’s apparent failure, Congress is now facing $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts. This may not stop Congress from finding alternative ways of addressing the deficit.


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