”Public Policy Work” in foundations is like the proverb of the elephant being described by several blind men — each has a very different description of what it is based on their personal experience of it. Is it government relations? Is it funding advocacy? Is it commissioning research that might influence decision makers? There is no right answer, but the questions might produce a great deal more creative thinking among participants of this learning session.
This program is geared towards our members who are working in foundations with vastly different issue areas and approaches to social change — some looking more at legislative changes, some looking at what can be done with administrative changes and litigation, and some looking at policy from a more grassroots or change in professional practice perspective.
Please join leaders in the field for a candid discussion that brings a variety of perspectives to the table, weaving expertise, facts and debates together on this issue.
Part of Philanthropy New York's Advocacy 201 Series, "Policy, Advocacy and Government Affairs: New Perspectives on Foundations Taking Action.”
This program is "Partially Open."
- Kenneth Austin, Senior Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Wallace Foundation
- Ronna Brown (Moderator), President, Philanthropy New York
- Ricardo Castro, Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Ford Foundation
- Desiree Flores, U.S. Social Justice Director, Arcus Foundation
- Ken Zimmerman, Director, U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations
CEOs, trustees, program officers and other funders interested in education, civic engagement, community development, social justice and/or advocacy as a tool to further their mission. This program is open to funders of all levels of experience.