News Release: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Tallahassee, FL – The House Regulatory Affairs Committee today unanimously passed a bill proposed by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Cabinet today unanimously approved a resolution today to honor the 100th Anniversary of community foundations.
“Florida’s 29 community foundations connect charitable donors with the causes that matter to them, in order to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Commissioner Putnam. “We are proud to recognize Florida’s community foundations and the positive impact they’ve had on our state over the last century.”
The first community foundation was created in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1914 in order to pool charitable resources of the community members into a permanent endowment to benefit those in need. Community foundations in Florida now represent $1.8 billion in assets and give grants of more than $160 million each year.
In Florida, many community foundations are represented by the Florida Philanthropic Network, which partnered this year with Commissioner Putnam on a key proposal to strengthen reputable charities and help prevent fraud and deception.
The legislation, filed as HB 629 by Rep. Jim Boyd and as SB 638 by Sen. Jeff Brandes, would:
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