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Public policy is an important focus of Philanthropy New York's work. We support members' efforts to advance public policy in two areas: encouraging effective philanthropy and promoting solutions in issue areas.
Monthly Update: January 2016
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.
Philanthropy New York follows a process laid out by our board of directors to determine whether or how to take an official stand on public policy issues. We anticipate taking positions only on issues directly affecting the philanthropic sector or the broadest array of nonprofit organizations, as opposed to issue-specific policy matters on topics like education, health, etc. Our public policy work is just taking shape, however, so we will take our cues from our members on what issues we should consider.
Cassius O. Johnson, an education policy analyst, will join the Carnegie Corporation of New York as a Program Officer working on the foundation’s New Designs for K-16 Pathways program. Johnson is an experienced education reformer, whose tenure at Jobs for the Future has been marked by his analysis of, and advocacy for, policy initiatives to increase the graduation rates and college readiness of urban and low-income students.
The Ms. Foundation for Women is pleased to announce the launch of their first Advocacy and Policy department and, after a lengthy search, have selected renowned civil rights advocate and champion Deborah Jacobs to lead the new department as the Vice President, Advocacy and Policy.
An in-depth profile of Philanthropy New York’s “Money and Power in Post-Election America: Where Is Philanthropy?” conference.
An op-ed by Greg Anrig, Vice President of Policy and Programs at The Century Foundation.