1000 Friends of Florida


1000 Friends recognizes that coalition-building is essential to address key issues facing Florida. 1000 Friends has helped found or is an active member of several coalitions working to improve the quality of life in our state.

Everglades Coalition — The Everglades Coalition is an alliance of more than fifty local, state and national conservation and environmental organizations, including 1000 Friends of Florida, dedicated to full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem, from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes into Lake Okeechobee and to the estuaries, through the River of Grass, out to Florida Bay and the Keys.

Florida Community Land Trust — The Florida Community Land Trust Institute is a collaboration between 1000 Friends of Florida and the Florida Housing Coalition. A community land trust can benefit low-income families by providing access to affordable housing in high cost, service-industry dependent areas, while keeping housing affordable for future residents.

Florida Conservation Coalition — The Florida Conservation Coalition is devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife and water resources that are essential to the well-being and quality of life of the residents of this state, and for its long-term economic prosperity. Our focus is ensuring that state safeguards are in place to protect and properly manage the supply and quantity of Florida’s water resources and our rich natural environment, including an effective state and regional process of managing growth and development to maintain and enhance the quality of life for present and future Floridians. 1000 Friends of Florida is a charter member of the FCC.

Florida Forever Coalition – This coalition of leading conservation groups advocates for the continuation and funding of Florida’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, Florida Forever. Together, Florida Forever and its predecessor, Preservation 2000, resulted in the purchase of more than 2.5 million acres of land.

Florida Housing Coalition — The Florida Housing Coalition, Inc., is a nonprofit, statewide membership organization whose mission is to act as a catalyst to bring together housing advocates and resources so that all Floridians have a quality affordable home and suitable living environment.

Florida Land and Water Legacy — Florida’s Water and Land Legacy is a coalition of the state’s leading conservation organizations including 1000 Friends of Florida, The Trust for Public Land, Audubon Florida, Florida Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and many others that have united to gather one million signatures to put the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The amendment would dedicate funds from existing revenues generated by real estate transactions to continue Florida’s legacy of restoring critical natural areas, like the Everglades, and protecting Florida’s magnificent waters and lands for future generations.

Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition — The Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition is a group of organizations working together to conserve, protect and restore Florida’s coastal and marine environment. The Coalition emphasizes the implementation of an ecosystem-based approach to coastal and ocean management, as well as recognition of the important linkage between the health of Florida’s economy and the health of its beaches and dunes, coral reefs, mangroves, sea grasses, wetlands and other natural resources. The Coalition calls on Florida’s Governor, State Agencies, Cabinet, and Legislature for action and leadership to achieve the goal of healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems.

Hydrogeology Consortium — The mission of the Hydrogeology Consortium is to cooperatively provide scientific knowledge of ground and surface water resources and advocate for the effective application of that knowledge towards management, conservation and protection.

Sadowski Coalition — The Sadowski Housing Coalition is a nonpartisan collection of 25 diverse statewide organizations that initially came together in 1991 to obtain a dedicated revenue source for Florida’s affordable housing programs, now known as the Sadowski Act. 1000 Friends took the lead in creating the Coalition and pushing for a dedicated source of funding for affordable housing in Florida in 1991. Facing today’s tough economic times, the Sadowski Housing Coalition urges the Florida Legislature to use Florida’s housing trust fund monies solely for housing and help create nearly 9,000 jobs and $900 MILLION in economic impact in Florida.


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