Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Until recently, Florida was one of sixteen states lacking a statewide nonprofit association. With more than 75,000 nonprofit organizations serving more than 18 million residents, the need for resource sharing, increased connectivity, and a collective voice became increasingly apparent.
The idea to develop a statewide coalition emerged in 2009, but it wasn’t until June 2011 that an Establishing Committee was formed and formally began laying the groundwork. The Florida Nonprofit Alliance grew from a loosely organized network of nonprofit leaders engaged with major metropolitan and regional nonprofits: Catalyst Miami, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida (Jacksonville), Nonprofits First (Boynton Beach), the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay, Rollins College Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center (Winter Park), and other organizations located within Gainesville, Naples, Sarasota, and Tallahassee.
In fall 2012, the Florida Nonprofit Alliance applied for 501(c)3 status, marking a historic milestone for Florida's nonprofit sector.
The Florida Nonprofit Alliance informs, promotes, and strengthens the nonprofit sector in order to create more vibrant communities across the state.
Sources: National Council of Nonprofits, Independent Sector, U.S. Census Bureau