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Public Policy + Advocacy

The Forum’s mission is to lead, strengthen and inform a national network of organizations that advance philanthropy's impact for the common good. In order to carry out that mission, the Forum recognizes the critical importance of substantial engagement in advocacy and public policy processes.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Forum is strategically located to lead in federal public policy, by advocating on behalf of our members and the philanthropic sector at-large. In that capacity, the Forum also creates opportunities for members to participate in advocacy and public policy regarding key legislative issues and regulatory matters at the state and federal levels.

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:

  • Serves as a unified voice for the philanthropic sector;
  • Impacts legislation, regulation, and public policy at the state and federal levels;
  • Provides a platform and support for members’ participation in the public policy/advocacy
  • process;
  • Educates and informs policymakers, regulators, and general public about philanthropy, its impact on communities, and the importance of policies that address racial equity.

If you have any questions about the Forum’s public policy work, engagement with elected officials, or sector public policy resources, please contact Matthew L. Evans, the Forum’s Senior Director of Public Policy.

Collection of four images from Foundations on the Hill 2020 featuring meetings in Hill offices and posed shots outside of the Capital.