PowerPoint slides from PolicyWorks Evaluator Dawn Roberts's presentation "How Has the Forum Network Changed?" Covering 2009-2014, the session detailed changes in how regional associations engage their members and legislators on public policy issues.
Nonprofits can and should play an active role during elections, particularly by educating and activating voters. However, with important local, state and federal elections coming up this fall, nonprofits should take the time to remind their staff about appropriate activity during a political campaign or at any other time.
Sample public policy agendas, principles, and action plans from philanthropy-serving organizations.
Resources developed by the Charitable Giving Coalition, the Forum, Council on Foundations, and regional philanthropy networks around protecting the Charitable Deduction. These include FAQs, infographics, talking points, position statements, op-eds, and other sample articles.
Case studies from philanthropy-serving organizations that articulate why grantmaker members should engage in public policy work.
Sample member surveys from regional associations on public policy work.
The guide is based on a premise supported by everyone we interviewed: that philanthropy-serving organizations can and should become more intentional about building member support for policy work in order to be more effective in that work, and also, according to some, to be more effective associations generally.
This checklist developed by the PolicyWorks for Philanthropy community can help you create strategies to reach policymakers. It focuses on seven core questions to explore and includes reflections from regional association leaders.