In co-sponsorship with many organizations including Philanthropy Northwest, the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) is hosting a webinar centered on making public comments about citizenship question planned for the 2020 census. On June 8, the Commerce Department (which oversees the Census Bureau) invited the public to comment on the paperwork associated with the 2020 census. The public has 60 days – until August 7 – to submit comments. This is one of the few opportunities for philanthropy to make its case that the citizenship question should be removed from the census questionnaire. Regardless of whether public comments will move the Trump administration to reverse its decision, this establishes an important record for the public, Congress and the courts to consider.
In this session funders will have a better understanding of healthy policy and systems change in the rapidly shifting landscape in Washington and implications of policy change at the Federal level. Washington Community Action Network and Northwest Health Law Advocates are consumer advocacy organizations working to ensure access to affordable, accessible, quality health care for all Washington residents. As a partnership, they strategically combine grassroots organizing with policy advocacy. Hear about their impact on the state's health system transformation efforts as they seek to ensure that the proposed changes are responsive to the needs and concerns of consumers, especially the most vulnerable. Learn about the links between this work and issues of racial equity and the "social determinants of health" - factors that affect health status such as homelessness, substandard housing, unemployment, adverse childhood experiences, and environmental factors.
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.
Mike Halligan, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation | Philanthropy Northwest's recent delegation to Foundations on the Hill 2017 included Mike Halligan, who shared his insights with us as a nine-time participant in this annual visit with national policymakers in Washington, D.C. In contrast to my eight previous experiences as a Foundations on the Hill delegate, I detected a palpable sense of urgency by policymakers and staff this year. It was clear from my time on the Hill that dramatic policy changes are on the horizon — and that philanthropy can and should play a professional, objective role in educating our representatives and their constituents on policy issues that impact the livability and sustainability of our communities in the Northwest. Most importantly, we should use our role as a trusted convener to bring all voices to the table to facilitate the resolution of problems that seem beyond our reach at this time. more »