Strengthening Philanthropy’s Capacity to Engage in Policy: Progress Report on United Philanthropy Forum’s PolicyWorks Initiative
Through PolicyWorks, the Forum provides its regional (and increasingly its national PSO members) with a wide range of support, including peer learning and sharing, policy-focused webinars, an annual PolicyWorks Institute, an annual policy capacity assessment and profile, and much more. This report highlights key areas of progress for PolicyWorks during its first nine years, based on the responses of 32 regional PSOs. It documents some dramatic gains in regional PSOs’ capacity to engage in government relations, advocacy and public policy work, and the critical role that the Forum has played indirectly supporting this growth.
In Search of the Spark: Getting Your Members Fired Up about Policy Work
The guide is based on a premise supported by everyone we interviewed: that regional associations 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.
Ask the Right Questions: A Toolkit for Funder Groups Working on Public Policy
How can funders work together to have an impact on public policy? PolicyWorks for Philanthropy has been asking this question as part of an effort to help affinity groups use policy engagement as a strategy to achieve shared program goals.
PolicyWorks 2014 RA Status Matrix
This matrix provides an overview of RA policy activities based on individual RA responses to the Capacity Profile survey.
PolicyWorks 2014 Activities and Results Report
Highlights of the activities and results for the PolicyWorks initiative in 2014.
PolicyWorks Fact Sheet
A one-pager describing the PolicyWorks for Philanthropy initiative.
PolicyWorks Logic Model
A logic model governing the PolicyWorks for Philanthropy initiative, including detailed objectives, activities, and expected outcomes.
Repeal of the Michigan Community Foundation Tax Credit Impacts Charitable Giving
The Council of Michigan Foundations contracted the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy to survey Michigan Community Foundations to determine the impact to community foundations for each of the two years after the repeal of Michigan's Charitable Tax Credit for Community Foundations. Survey findings suggest that the impact of the repeal has been significant. The average number of donations at the key dollar amounts decreased significantly from 2011 - 2013.