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

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Admittedly, as grantmakers, we like to fund projects where we can anticipate long-range payoffs, systemic change, and solving problems at the root rather than placing bandages. And detailed analysis and research have their place in evaluating grant requests both large and small. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

My early career as a nonprofit development professional included some fairly unforgettable moments.  One such moment included downloading the interim report for a particularly generous funder of my nonprofit organization.  The printer jumped to life, spitting out page after page – in all, the report contained 8 pages, 12 point font, of questions. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

This year marks the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s tenth year as an active grantmaker. During these last 10 years, we have discovered that when it comes to ramping up a new foundation or grantmaking organization, there is no single “how-to guide” or step-by-step plan to follow, despite the philanthropic community being a dynamic and complex one. There’s no clear outlet where veterans of philanthropy can systematically impart their knowledge — as well as cautions about their missteps — to the next generation.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Here is a well-kept secret: the most innovative, transformative foundations have the most robust infrastructure. In other words, the foundations that are the bravest, the most visionary, and become trailblazers in the philanthropic sector, take great care to design the most thorough organizational infrastructures.

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)