PolicyWorks for Philanthropy seeks to effectively engage regional associations of grantmakers in policy work that helps to ensure a vibrant philanthropic sector able to strengthen communities. As a project of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the scope of PolicyWorks is to prepare RAs for individual, collaborative, and collective policy work at local, state, and federal levels.
Purpose and Scope
The PolicyWorks Community consists of 29 regional associations of grantmakers committed to building their individual and collective capacity to achieve the PolicyWorks vision and goals. That commitment is based on the belief that:
Policy work is essential to achieving our missions and helping our more than 3,800 members; and
As a network serving funders in 41 states, the PolicyWorks Community offers the best and only coordinated national system for preparing RAs for policy work at all levels of government.
By “policy work” we mean government relations—related to legislation and regulations affecting the work of charitable foundations; and public policy engagement –supporting the achievement of charitable foundation’s mission and goals.
Building and maintaining relationships with policymakers is essential to the philanthropic sector’s ability to: educate policymakers about the work, value, and impact of foundations; advise policymakers about potential legislation or regulation that could harm the sector and decrease much needed philanthropic dollars; gain policymakers’ support for legislation that could support the growth and effectiveness of philanthropy; and build partnerships with policymakers to achieve policy reforms that improve the quality of life for those foundations seek to serve.
PolicyWorks is led by consultant Erin Skene-Pratt and evaluator Dawn Roberts with guidance from the PolicyWorks Steering Committee.