This December 2017 edition of the Forum Policy Playbook focuses on the upcoming 2018 PolicyWorks Institute and Foundations on the Hill schedule for March 11-14 in Washington, DC. We look at why you and your members should attend; what you need to know to encourage your member’s engagement and your PSO team’s involvement; provide tips on how to organize and plan; and offer Forum member resources to help guide your efforts.
The November 2017 edition of the Forum Policy Playbook focuses on taking policy positions and creating a legislative agenda. We look at the common traits of successful legislative agendas; comment on the benefits of having a process in place to consider expedited approval of policy positions; and share samples from members that are engaging in this work.
The October edition of our month-by-month advocacy guide focuses on how to engage in elections. With off-year elections coming up in November, it is an appropriate time to focus on this issue, and perhaps stimulate some thinking on how your organization might get engaged in the elections in 2018 and beyond.shington to face debates over tax reform, and everyone re-focused on work after the summer holidays, this is an opportune moment to get our issues on policymakers’ radar.
Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!) and is designed to provide a diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening.
Advocacy is a powerful lever for real impact, but only 33% of nonprofit organizations report that their board members are actively involved in advocating for their missions. And many organizations aren’t advocating at all. Join us for an interactive session to learn more about the Stand for Your Mission campaign that’s building awareness about the importance of board advocacy.
A User's Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning was developed for advocates, evaluators, and funders who want guidance on how to evaluate advocacy and policy change efforts. This tool takes users through four basic steps that generate the core elements of an advocacy evaluation plan, including what will be measured and how.
United Philanthropy Forum and 29 other foundations and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs), including 8 Forum members, signed an amicus curia brief that was submitted to the Supreme Court this week. The effort was led by the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and its Funders Census Initiative, Philanthropy California, and the Bauman Foundation.
Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer looks back at last week's Foundations on the Hill and how it is a part of the Forum's emerging policy strategy to create a fuller voice for philanthropy.
Funders and stakeholders alike can be so focused on the policy or advocacy campaign “win” that planning for steps after the campaign can take a backseat.
Whether a seasoned advocate or at a foundation determined to step into the civic engagement realm for the first time, start the new year with a refresher on the breadth of activities foundations can legally engage in and fund while remaining nonpa