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Public Policy

The Forum advances effective policy to grow philanthropy and strengthen philanthropy’s impact.

Public Policy

Advancing Public Policy to Strengthen Philanthropy's Impact

United Philanthropy Forum influences public policy to create a more supportive environment for philanthropy to flourish and to advocate for the policy issues and causes that are important to the Forum’s members. By supporting and advancing the work of our members to engage in advocacy, government relations and public policy efforts at the national, state and local levels, the Forum helps regional and national philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) promote effective policy. The Forum's policy work also strengthens relationships and partnerships between philanthropy and government. By leveraging the power of our broad network, the Forum advances key policy issues and provides a strong, collective voice for the network on critical policy topics.  

Current policy issues for the Forum include: 

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"The policy network that the Forum convenes has enabled us to tap into expertise far beyond our own, and thus, empowered us to inspire our members to action. " -Jeff Poulos, CEO, Philanthropy Massachusetts

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Policy Issues
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The Forum hosts a variety of policy events and programming. Through the Forum’s Public Policy Peer Community, our members participate in webinars throughout the year to facilitate peer engagement and learning from guest policy experts and their network peers. Policy-focused sessions also take place each year at the Forum's annual conference. Additionally, the Forum shares information about Forum members' policy events via the Philanthropy Field Calendar

The Forum hosts an annual PolicyWorks Institute, which builds the capacity of PSOs and their members to engage in public policy in order to enhance foundations’ impact on the issues that they fund. The Forum also annually hosts Foundations on the Hill, a two-day event that brings together hundreds of foundation leaders from across the country to meet with Congress to discuss issues of critical importance to philanthropy.


Past Forum Events
Past Forum Events
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Public Policy Peer Community

The Public Policy Peer Community is for our members who work in government relations, advocacy, and public policy efforts for their PSOs.

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In order to help members navigate the ever-evolving legislative landscapes at the federal, regional, and state levels, the Forum remains committed to building the capacity of our members to be effective advocates and industrious government relations practitioners, on behalf of the sector.

Through that commitment, the public policy peer community serves as the principal facilitator for Forum members and colleagues to become informed, engaged, and inspired about all things public policy.


The Public Policy Peer Community will continue to serve as a sounding board and exchange for Forum members to connect and learn from one another. Peer Community members will have the opportunity to: 

  • Share issues, ideas, strategies, and news from their states and/or regions
  • Read timely Public Policy Updates and share them with their members
  • Participate in meetings & engaging discussions with policy experts and guest speakers
  • Use peer community listserv to discuss and uplift specific national, state, and local policy issues


The Public Peer Community gives members the chance to engage as a broader advocacy action network, where they can contact elected officials and use a collective voice when advocating on behalf of the sector. Engagement opportunities include:

  • Mobilize at the federal level via public policy alerts and the new Phone2Action Platform
  • Recognize public policy trends at the state and local levels, and organize strategy efforts
  • Access policymaker contact information for every level of the government using the Phone2Action platform
  • Participate in the Forum’s new District 2 D.C. Advocacy Program


One of the many strengths of United Philanthropy Forum is the power of its vast network of PSO members. Many members have staff that participate in public policy in various ways and with them, comes an intellectual capital that helps boost the sector’s public policy reach. Peer community members will have the opportunity to become inspired by:

  • PSO Advocacy Spotlight webinars hosted by public policy leaders who will give insight into their PSOs public policy work at the national, state, or regional levels
  • Exchanging best practices via the peer community listserv and Forum Public Policy Townhall events
  • Public Policy Member Check-ins from Forum staff and committee leadership
  • Participate in working groups for specific PSO types

The public policy peer community is a place where members can foster ideas, share strategies, and network with each other. A true community of colleagues using public policy to advance philanthropy’s impact for the common good.

The Public Policy Peer Community is for our members who work in government relations, advocacy, legislative affairs, and public policy efforts for their organizations.

Interested in joining this Peer Community? Submit your email address on the form at the bottom of the Our Networks page

Forum Staff Lead: Matthew L. Evans, Director of Public Policy,