Advocacy/Influence/Public Policy


Peace and Security Funders Group Annual Meeting

April 26, 2016 (All day) to April 28, 2016 (All day)
Portland, Oregon

The Peace and Security Funders Group is a network of public, private and family foundations, and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. Its annual meetings are an opportunity for members to connect with new and existing partners, and engage in strategic discussions; learn about emerging issues; share best practices and lessons learned from their grantmaking and programs; and collaborate on projects.


Foundations on the Hill 2016

April 12, 2016 (All day) to April 13, 2016 (All day)
Washington, D.C.

Each year, Philanthropy Northwest members and staff travel to Washington, D.C. for Foundations on the Hill to connect and build relationships with federal elected officials, educate them about philanthropy’s impact in our region, encourage them to view foundations as resources on public policy issues and connect with other funders interested in public policy.


Conversation with Dedo: Investing in Fragile States

April 5, 2016,
12:00pm to 2:00pm

Philanthropy Northwest, Pangea Giving and the Global Donors Exchange present: A stimulating discussion about investing in fragile states, the current situation in Burundi, and the Segal Foundation’s innovative programs to build capacity with grassroots community development organizations with Dedo Baranshamaje, Director of Special Projects for the Segal Family Foundation.


Our Roles in State Budget Debates

March 15, 2016,
2:00pm to 3:15pm
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Three-quarters of the states are focused on budget matters; many are facing deficits and considering spending cuts and reconsidering giving incentives. Illinois and Pennsylvania still have not finalized the budget process from last summer and several states are seeing revenue shortfalls force immediate spending cuts that affect programs performed and/or supported by nonprofits and foundations. In this webinar we will discuss state budget trends, explore why foundations and nonprofits have shown they care about this fundamental issue, and the solutions our colleagues are developing to prevent budget crises and government shutdowns in the future.


Washington Update LIVE: What's Happening in D.C.

March 10, 2016,
11:00am to 12:00pm
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Attending or interested in attending Foundations on the Hill in April? Curious about how the fast-paced, animated, and often complex political environment can trickle down to influence your work? Wondering about whether tax reform will ever happen and, when it does, how these changes will impact philanthropy? This webinar will explain how current debates here in our nation’s capital affect the work you do in your community. Experts will discuss what's happening on Capitol Hill that could impact foundations, along with what is and is not on the radar screen of policymakers in Washington, D.C.


Advocacy in an Election Year: A Workshop for Funders

February 23, 2016,
9:00am to 10:30am
Seattle + Webinar/Conference Call

Election years provide an important opportunity to influence the agendas of our policymakers by educating candidates about issues that affect your mission and community. Advocacy can be a powerful tool for foundations and grantees to advance their missions. Not sure whether or how to make the case for funding advocacy? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue? Join Philanthropy Northwest and Alliance for Justice for a workshop about advocacy considerations for funders.


Looking into the Crystal Ball: What’s Ahead for State and Federal Policy Action in 2016

December 8, 2015,
11:00am to 12:00pm

Please join our network partners at the Forum and NCN for a brief webinar to explore the latest trends in state policy and hear about what’s on the horizon for action on the state and federal levels in the coming New Year. During this session you will hear about how your organization can engage more in policy work to strengthen the sector and the communities you serve.


Understanding Philanthropy’s Role in U.S. Democracy

December 2, 2015,
10:00am to 11:00am

Is your organization funding or working to strengthen American democracy? Join the Foundation Center for a look at how Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy can help funders and grantseeking nonprofits broaden their knowledge of the funding landscape, identify additional funding sources, and understand where their philanthropic dollars can have the most impact.


Stand For Your Mission

November 16, 2015,
1:00pm to 2:00pm

No matter what mission your organization and your members are committed to, we’re confident that more people standing up for your mission can help make the difference. Join this joint webinar hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the National Council of Nonprofits to learn about the Stand for Your Mission campaign and why board members can be the most influential advocates for the mission of your organization.