Everyone can get behind the charitable sector but not everyone realizes what an important role philanthropy can play in improving our communities. Raising awareness of the role that philanthropy plays in society is a primary objective of Foundations on the Hill. Florida Philanthropic Network President and CEO David Biemesderfer put it this way, “At a time when more people than ever are struggling to make ends meet in Florida during these difficult economic times, we hit the Hill to stress to our legislative leaders the important role that philanthropy can play to help our state recover and thrive.”
FPN’s FOTH meetings were a success on this front. In a recent blog post, Biemesderfer writes:
While on the Hill we were pleased to hear broad support for philanthropy throughout Florida’s congressional delegation – on both sides of the aisle. The visits have already led to an increase in support for key foundation issues in Congress. After the FPN team visited the office of Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL12), for example, he decided to support current bills to expand and extend the IRA charitable rollover provision and simplify the private foundation excise tax.
Read more at FPN’s blog.
It’s great to hear about all the productive meetings that regional associations and their delegations had with Members of Congress. Do you have your own success story to tell? Let us hear it in the comments.