Building strong communities requires creating an environment in which the philanthropic sector can work collaboratively with policymakers to effect positive change
Philanthropy Northwest is uniquely positioned to connect funders and policymakers over shared interests. We engage in public policy work to advocate on behalf of our sector and to help our members become more effective in matters of public policy, advocacy, and civic engagement. Learn more about our positions on specific policy issues and how to contact our governors and members of Congress, and visit our digital resource center for a curated list of recommended philanthropy advocacy resources.
Foundations on the Hill (FOTH), a convening of regional funders and national policymakers in Washington, D.C., is a highlight of our public policy work each year. In 2018, our delegation attended FOTH from March 12-14.
For funders: Philanthropy Northwest monitors issues that affect the philanthropic sector in our region and tracks policy news outside the Northwest through our numerous partnerships with regional and national infrastructure groups. We share knowledge and resources through our communications, programs, trainings, and workshops to keep funders informed, engaged, and connected.
For policymakers: Philanthropy Northwest works on behalf of the sector to keep elected officials informed by regularly sharing news of the impact philanthropy is making in our region and across the country. Whenever possible, Philanthropy Northwest engages elected officials in programming and workshops to help them stay connected to the philanthropic and nonprofit organizations that are working on the ground.
We invite both funders and policymakers to explore the public policy section of our website to learn more, hear about upcoming events and gain access to valuable resources.