News and Insights

Policy: A Big Ecosystem, Driven by Relationships

03/24/2015

Jeff Clarke, CEO | Relationships with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels are the center of policy work. At the same time, these important relationships are but one of many necessary for influence within our large, complex policy ecosystem. Building relationships within the administration and across agencies, at all levels of government, is equally important. Mapping this part of the ecosystem and building relationships is a current focus of our policy work. more »

Don't Miss Your Chance to Support the America Gives More Act

08/19/2014

As summer begins to wind down, the philanthropic community across the country is gearing up for a big legislative effort that has been more than a decade in the making: the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719). Take advantage of the next few weeks to support the passage of the America Gives More Act by communicating with your Senators while they are home for the August recess. more »

Communicating with Congress

07/25/2014

by David Landers, deputy director | How easy is it to contact your United States Representative or Senator? What about contacting a Congressperson outside of your district who is voting on an issue you care about? Because our public policy work at Philanthropy Northwest aims to support better relationships between the philanthropic and policy sectors, we conducted an experiment to answer those questions at an individual level. more »

Philanthropy’s Role in Renewing Democracy

06/30/2014

by Daniel Kemmis, Philanthropy Northwest board member and Kettering Foundation fellow. Almost all philanthropists are contributing to democracy almost all the time, even though most of them don’t think of their daily work in those terms. This unintentional philanthropic contribution to democracy is truly immeasurable. How does this abundance of philanthropic contributions to democracy counterbalance the weakness in so many of our governing institutions? We had a lively session on this topic in May at the joint Philanthropy Northwest – GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington conference in Oregon. The conversation was just getting fully engaged when the bell rang for the next session, so we’ve invited session participants with more to say to weigh in here. more »

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