This series is a set of perennial programs at Philanthropy New York that helps funders navigate the legal, strategic, and governance activity necessary to incorporate advocacy and amplify your work. It is a part of our PNY Core offerings.
Philanthropic organizations – whether private foundations, community foundations, public charities, corporate foundations or family foundations – have considerable legal rights to exercise their voice in public policy discussions, but there are limitations. Today, when the imperative to speak out seems more intense than ever, every staff member at every level should consider investing in a refresher on the limits – and the considerable breadth – foundations have to engage in public debate.
Even if your foundation makes the legitimate choice to remain silent on policy concerns, it is important for every person in your organization to know your rights and your limitations. Those boundaries are complicated, in part because there are significant differences between federal laws and New York State and City laws that could necessitate burdensome reporting requirements.
- July 10th - Using Advocacy to Support Mission: What Your Foundation Can and Can’t Do, Can and Can’t Fund
2017-2018 Policy Core Course 2018 (click below for past descriptions)
- June 14th - Policy Core: Legal Boundaries and Opportunities
- June 14th - Policy Core: Implementation and Administrative Advocacy
- June 28th - Policy Core: State-Level Campaigns
- June 28th - Policy Core: Engaging Foundation Leaders and Board Members
2016-2017 Advocacy Day (click below for past descriptions)
- March 31 - Advocacy: A Compass for Today's Terrain
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