Public Policy

The Advocacy Toolkit is designed to be a central resource for Council members and others engaged in the philanthropic space to learn about why it is important—now more than ever—for philanthropy to have a voice in policy, how to effectively use advocacy and lobbying to advance your mission, what the most critical or priority "asks" are for the sector at any given time, and to better understand the key policy issues that are top-of-mind for our sector.

One of the toughest challenges with getting involved in advocacy is getting beyond that initial hurdle of making the case for why it is a strategic and important tool for pursuing your mission. Here are some questions you might anticipate to receive from your board members about advocacy, and suggested points to incorporate in your answers.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Tax Blueprint Proposes Ideas that Could Impact Charitable Giving; Pay-for-Success Bill Advances from House; FATF Approves Changes to Recommendation 8; Scholarships Paid to Service Academies; Council President Pens Op-Ed on Philanthropy's Role Following 'Brexit'; and more!

The vote for Britain to exit the European Union took philanthropy and the rest of the world by surprise. But it raises tough new questions about how grant makers should respond to political and financial turmoil and uncertainty.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Speaker Ryan Releases Tax Blueprint; Donor Disclosure Bill Passes House, Moves to Senate; New Jersey Considers Charitable Deduction, Property Tax Exemption Protection; Council President, Vice Board Chair, and Other Sector Leaders Pen Letter to the Editor; New Data on the State of Children's Well-Being Released; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Philanthropy Asks Congress to "Grow Philanthropy Now"; Learning Opportunity: How Broadband Access Supports Local Priorities; Summit Explores Potential of Pay-for-Success in Education; IRS Holds Meeting to Discuss Recommendations from the Sector; Giving USA Releases 2016 Report; and more!

In this week's Washington Snapshot: Senate Philanthropy Caucus Co-Chairs Encourage Colleagues to Join; Machine-Readable 990s to Become Available Next Week; Secretary Kerry Addresses Concerns with New Chinese Law; When to Use Which Fund; Unfunded State Liabilities are Driving Policy Challenges; and more!