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Florida Ethics Institute

Helping to protect and advance the cause of ethics in government by providing education, training, and information services to public officials and to the public they serve.

Tallahassee, FL   |  https://floridaethics.org/

Mission

The Florida Ethics Institute is a is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization based in Tallahassee formed to protect and advance the cause of ethics in government by providing education, training, and information services to public officials and to the public they serve.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Florida Ethics Institute is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded to protect and advance the cause of ethics in government by providing quality ethics education, training, and information services and materials to public agencies, to the 1,108,900 public officers and employees serving in the public trust in Florida, journalists, citizen ethics advocates, attorneys practicing in the area of government law, and to the public they serve. In less than one year FEI has gone from an interesting idea to a fully-operational, non-profit organization serving all of Florida. Via the launch of our Ethics Educational Outreach and Ethics Legislative Tracking Programs-FEI has revolutionized the governmental ethics landscape through the publication of the Florida Ethics Law Handbook, Ethics Legislative Tracking reports, Florida ethics articles, and on-line ethics training programs.

Ruling year info

2022

Executive Director

Caroline Klancke

Main address

1736 Silverwood Dr

Tallahassee, FL 32301 USA

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EIN

88-3409604

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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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?

Ethics Educational Outreach Program

The Florida Ethics Insitute's Ethics Educational Outreach Program has three major components—on-line ethics training initiatives; in-person ethics seminars; and the development and publication of ethics educational materials. FEI continues to develop, record, and provide on-line ethics training courses and webinars as well as in-person seminars that provide ethics training to all Florida State employees and officials as well as public agencies associated therewith, and for use by journalists, citizen ethics advocates, and the public that they serve. In December 2022 FEI published the first edition of the “Florida Ethics Handbook: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees,” the only comprehensive guide to ethics laws in Florida.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Activists
Children and youth
Adults

The Florida Ethics Insititute's Ethics Legislative Tracking Program seeks to raise public awareness regarding proposed legislation impacting Florida’s ethics laws in real time and during the critical period prior to and during each legislative session which is essential to the protection and advancement of ethics in Florida. As the only organization in Florida dedicated to preserving and protecting the state’s ethics laws, FEI tracks all ethics-related legislation as it makes its way through the legislative process. In advance of each Legislative Session FEI publishes its Pre-Session Florida Ethics Legislative Report on its website for the benefit of all in Florida. Throughout the legislative session, FEI tracks legislation impacting ethics laws in Florida and provides an analysis of ethics bills in a series of Legislative Florida Ethics Reports. All FEI reports are posted on our website and shared through social media for the benefit of all Floridians.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics
Activists
Adults
Academics
Activists

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of outreach attempts to reporters

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 FEI provided guidance to dozens of journalists and was cited ethics experts in Forbes, Vanity Fair, the Miami Herald, Tallahassee Democrat and many other periodicals.

Number of media articles reflecting preferred issue framing

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of list subscribers

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of invitations for advocates to speak as experts

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of press releases developed and distributed

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new website visitors

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Financials

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Florida Ethics Institute

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Sylvie Naar

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.