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.
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(Revised November 2009)
Philanthropy New York is a nonprofit membership organization created in 1979 by the New York City philanthropic sector to promote and support the practice of effective philanthropy for the public good.
A program aimed at reducing recidivism among young people jailed on Rikers Island is being shut down because of disappointing results.
William T. Grant Foundation Vice President for Program Vivian Tseng suggests a framework for understanding how and when research is used in policy and practice. She argues for more strategic identification of the intended users of research and increased knowledge of the ways they acquire, interpret and use research evidence — as well as a more reciprocal relationship between research and practice/policy.
A study to support the evaluation of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Promoting Equitable and Sustainable Transportation Initiative.
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.
We are very lucky to have an immensely eager and intelligent inaugural public policy fellow, and we are excited to see how much we can accomplish together.
Monthly Update: August 2015
Our Public Policy Committee advises our organization on public policy matters and develops recommendations on specific legislation or proposed regulatory activity.
This accumulation of resources from Philanthropy New York and other organizations highlight some of the most important developments in the field.
This Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)*, examines how to best support the development and learning of children who are multilingual, and offers recommendations for policy and practice.
WNYC breaks down the new low-level marijuana policy.
Family-friendly policies can help parents balance jobs and responsibilities at home, and go a long way toward making it possible for women with children to remain in the work force.
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.