Public Policy

We connect Philanthropy New York members to policymakers and act as a voice on local, state and federal public policy issues that promote effective philanthropy and build stronger communities.

We monitor and address legislation and regulations that directly affect our sector.

We engage our member foundations in public policy that directly affects the issue areas they fund, such as education, health, social justice and the arts.

We see policy work as a way to achieve our mission of promoting — and protecting — philanthropy and a strong nonprofit sector in the region. We are strengthening the voice of our foundation community to create greater giving impact. more >>

How We Engage in Public Policy

Weighing in on policies directly affecting the sector: We monitor and address legislation and regulations that directly affect foundations and the larger nonprofit sector. We will only take a position on a proposed bill or rule if it is clear that the majority of our members agree and we have engaged in a substantial process of engaging them. Our board developed that process to determine when — if at all — Philanthropy New York should take a position on sector-related matters.

Promoting solutions in issue areas: We engage our members in public policy that directly affects the issue areas they fund, such as education, health, social justice and the arts. Although we don't anticipate Philanthropy New York will take positions on proposed bills or rules in those areas, we work to ensure our members have the policy data, skills and connections they need to achieve their missions and help their grantees.


PNY's 2018 Public Policy Slate

Philanthropy New York's Public Policy Slate elaborates why we engage in policy work, our organization's core principles for our policy work and our advocacy agenda for the year. 

Read PNY's full 2018 Public Policy Slate here or the printable version here.



New Views on Policy

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sarah Williams, Co-Founder and CEO of Propel Capital writes "The Saturday before July 4th, I was on an island 10 miles off the coast of mainland USA, population 1,100, standing with 260 people in a parking lot of pickup trucks and lobster traps singing “This Land is Your Land”, sharing our outrage at this country’s practice of separating and locking up children and parents."

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Yvonne Moore, Principal philanthropic advisor, Moore Philanthropy writes "If a picture is worth a thousand words, what exactly was the magazine trying to convey with this graphic? A typical grant recipient? Poverty, instability or transience? Immigrants or refugees?"

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

John MacIntosh, a partner at SeaChange Capital Partners looks back on six years of making deals with The New York Merger Acquisition and Collaboration Fund.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Loni M. Bordoloi Pazich, Ph.D., Program Director, The Teagle Foundation and Tony Banout, Ph.D., Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Interfaith Youth Core write "Philanthropy works best when it advances solutions to that which seems unsolvable, such as the dominant notion that religious groups have always, and will always, be locked in violent conflict. The stickiness of this idea in news journalism and the popular imagination all too easily becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, quickly leading to resignation."

PNY Public Policy Issue Guides

Our guides explore the pros and cons of a variety of policy developments that have the potential to deeply affect the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. They are intended to be informative for a general audience, for PNY members and for our Public Policy Committee as it develops recommendations on specific legislation or proposed regulatory activity.

OMB Uniform Guidance on Indirect Costs

Simplifying the Excise Tax on Private Foundations

Capping the Charitable Deduction

Limits on Nonprofit Executive Compensation

Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs)