Our collective voice propels change.
Increasingly our communities are looking to philanthropies to step into the public arena and use our resources and voice to influence policy. At Philanthropy Northwest, we believe advocacy is one of the most powerful levers to achieve systemic change that fosters a more equitable society.
Philanthropy has significant latitude to shape public policy — from supporting grassroots mobilization and civic engagement efforts, to holding educational forums, to testifying before policymakers or direct lobbying. To support members in this role, we offer trainings and resources, connect funders and policymakers around shared interests and advocate on behalf of the region’s philanthropic sector.
Our Policy Positions
We advocate on issues impacting philanthropy and Northwest communities. Any Philanthropy Northwest member can raise an issue. Our policy staff and public policy committee then vet issues for our board and determine actions, such as promoting formal positions, writing statements, educating policymakers or lobbying.
Census data determines the allocation of federal funding and political representation for the next 10 years. We support a robust and accurate census count, calling upon governments to fully fund the 2020 Census and encouraging the philanthropic sector to help ensure historically undercounted communities are counted.
As society faces unprecedented challenges, the renewal of democratic practices has become a pressing need, and philanthropy has a pivotal role to play. In response, we launched Democracy Northwest, an initiative aimed at strengthening the health of our democracy.