Florida Foundations Launch Florida Philanthropic Network

Seven of Florida's leading funders, including the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Health Foundation of South Florida, have formed the Florida Philanthropic Network to organize and promote philanthropy and help the nonprofit sector in the state shape public policy.

A new study documenting Florida's nonprofit sector supports the network's plan to create a dialogue among nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies. The report, Economic Contribution of Florida Nonprofit Organizations: A Resource for the Public Good, from the Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College in Winter Park shows that Florida is home to more than 50,000 nonprofits, which together employ 430,000 people and indirectly create an additional 360,000 jobs. The report also finds that nonprofits in the state generate more than $61 billion in total economic activity and support some 88 million hours of volunteer time.

"This study makes clear that the well-being of Florida's citizens depends on close communication and partnership among the private, public, and nonprofit sectors," said Pamela A. Peters, executive director of the Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center. "The Philanthropy Center and the Florida Philanthropic Network share a common goal to help facilitate such partnerships and to secure a place for the nonprofit sector, side by side with business and government, in the state's planning and public policy-making arena."

"Florida's Leading Foundations Join to Help Chart Florida's Future." John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Release 05/08/2002.