The Florida Nonprofit Alliance informs, promotes, and strengthens the nonprofit sector in order to create more vibrant communities across the state.
Until recently, Florida was one of sixteen states lacking a statewide nonprofit association. With more than 76,000 nonprofit organizations, as of February 2015, (IRS and Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics) 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, Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College (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.
Sources: National Council of Nonprofits, Independent Sector, U.S. Census Bureau