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 2019 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 2019 Public Policy Slate here or the printable version here.



New Views on Policy

Monday, August 5, 2019

Donor Advised Funds have caught the imagination of philanthropically minded individuals and families as an efficient option to grow their philanthropic assets and support their favorite charities without developing the burdensome infrastructure of a family foundation.  But as impact investing becomes more mainstream,

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ten months ago, I stepped into an exciting new role as the executive director of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City—a nonprofit organization that, for 25 years and across three mayoral administrations, has brought together members of the philanthropic community, City government, businesses, and neighborhoods to serve New Yorkers from all walks of life. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Should the “rigor” yardstick, used in traditional evaluation practice, be used to assess an equity-focused mission? Does centering questions of validity, objectivity, and appropriateness advance equity? A growing group of funders and evaluators are beginning to answer these questions with “maybe not” due to such traditional evaluation methods tendency to center the very inequities, power dynamics, and biases many justice-oriented foundations seek to undo.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The two weeks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling that the controversial citizenship question cannot be added to the 2020 census questionnaire has been a wild rollercoaster ride for anyone trying to track what’s been happening. 

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)