Issue Based

Families Funding Advocacy and Policy Change

Families Funding Advocacy and Policy Change

Partner Event

Event details

Thursday, September 10, 2020
9:00am to 10:15am PDT

About this event

Philanthropy Northwest members get access to all National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) programs through our reciprocal membership. If you aren't sure whether you have an active membership to NCFP, contact Elyse Gordon to confirm.

Advocacy is an important tool for funders seeking to address systemic inequalities ingrained in our policies and practices, and it can be the sole focus of an organization or an additional strategy employed to create lasting change. Many families pursue advocacy because of a founder’s interest or legacy, while others have introduced advocacy into their grantmaking portfolio after listening to grantees, studying the philanthropic landscape and deep reflection within the family. This panel will discuss different approaches to supporting advocacy goals and discuss the role that family legacy, responsiveness and evaluation and success play in this work.


  • David Addams, William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund 
  • Julie Fernandes, Rockefeller Family Fund
  • Sara Watson, Bainum Family Foundation
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