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FLORIDA HOUSE WASHINGTON D C INC

Florida's Embassy on Capitol Hill

aka Florida House On Capitol Hill   |   Washington, DC   |  www.floridahousedc.org

Mission

Florida House is our State Embassy on Capitol Hill that connects, celebrates, and champions Florida to the world.

Notes from the nonprofit

Florida is proud to be the only state with an embassy in our nation’s capital. Each day we showcase something wonderful about our state, whether to a school group ready for a civics lesson, business people ready to promote Florida at a meeting, members of our Congressional delegation connecting with constituents, an art lover that has heard about our collection of Florida artwork or weary families looking for a refreshing glass of Florida orange juice. A group of dedicated supporters from Pensacola to Miami keep Florida House open to connect, champion and celebrate Florida. Donations fund operations and cultural and educational programs that include civics lessons for school groups, intern projects and welcoming visitors from every corner of our state. Florida House is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that never accepts state or federal tax dollars. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Ruling year info

1972

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Mrs. Suzanne Chaffin

Main address

1 2nd St NE

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

52-0986312

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Single Organization Support (W11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since Florida House on Capitol Hill first opened our doors in October of 1973, we have been proud to be a “home away from home” for Floridians in our nation’s capital. Throughout the years, we have welcomed Congressional leaders, students, visitors, and those doing business in the nation's capital to connect, celebrate and champion all things Florida to the world. And also enjoy our warm hospitality with a cold glass of orange juice. As Florida House looks towards our 50th Anniversary, we continue to embrace our unique role as the State Embassy of Florida. Welcoming over 10,000 people a year, the 3300 square-foot building built in 1891, requires updating to meet the needs of 21st-century visitors. This not only includes the physical structure, but using technology in education programs to connect Florida to our nation's capital.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education and Arts & Culture

Florida House on Capitol Hill connects Floridians to our nation's capital, as well as celebrating and championing the state's arts and culture, education, business and hospitality. Visitors experience three-different arts and cultural exhibits each year. In 2019: the exquisite photographs of our state by Alan Maltz, a look back at the history of orange crate labels and Florida Cowboy Art & Culture with art by working cowboys throughout the state. We also share some of Florida's history with tours of the House. Each year we not only have interns from Florida universities spend eight weeks in Washington, but projects are designed for them specific to their major and interests. Interns also serve in Congressional offices, furthering their understanding of the U.S. government. The staff promotes civic education by talking to school groups about the two branches of government visible from our windows - the legislative and judicial branches. And coming in 2020, an app that connects Florida and Washington by showing the state's role in our country's democracy. Many events are held at Florida House including a celebration of National Orange Juice Day, Gasparilla, Food Truck Fridays and openings of art and cultural exhibitions.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Families
Budget
$50,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

1. To maintain the integrity of the building for future generations. 2. To offer unparalleled hospitality to all that visit Florida House. 3. To be the bridge between Florida and Washington, DC for Floridians, particularly in the areas of education, business, arts and culture and hospitality. 4. To develop and fund an education program, using technology, to bring awareness to Florida's role in shaping our country's democracy. 5. To offer rotating art exhibits at Florida House that promote education, business and hospitality.

To continue to develop partnerships and relationships with individuals, organizations and companies that will help us achieve our goals.

Each year we host multiple events throughout the state and in Washington, D.C. to introduce Florida House to Floridians. We cultivate partnerships with these individuals, corporations and universities to assist us in developing and implementing projects that encourage maintaining the goals and vision for Florida House for future generations, especially in the areas of hospitality, business, arts and culture and education, particularly civic education.

We track visitors, social media and contributions.<br/>We review programs for sustainability and action.

We have accomplished major repairs to Florida House but work remains to be done, particularly exterior drainage issues, painting the house inside and out, securing upper level floor joists, making the structure ADA compliant, installing new lighting, plumbing and technology and updating furnishings. Last year we hosted nine events throughout the state and many more at Florida House in Washington. At least 25 school groups came to the House, learning about two of the three branches of government visible from our windows (judicial and legislative). We also host interns and produce an Intern Seminar Series each summer for college-age students to broaden their understanding of Florida's role in the federal government. Florida House is the site for numerous meetings allowing Florida businesses to expand their reach. We host art exhibits by Florida artists that feature education, hospitality and business using themes like historic orange crate labels, Florida cowboys, the outdoors and state parks. We have also done the initial research for an app that connects Florida's past and future to sites in our nation's capital.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/15/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/15/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Keywords

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