2017 Pennsylvania Foundations public policy conference:
amplifying the voice of the sector
Each year, Pennsylvania’s philanthropic sector invests more than $2.6 billion in grant making in the Commonwealth. Uncertainty about national and state public policy and budget realities will make philanthropy’s investments more important than ever, especially on behalf of vulnerable populations in our communities. Now more than ever, Pennsylvania philanthropies must come together to define a shared public policy understanding that can amplify the voice of the sector, to sharpen their focus on the impact of the budget on the social safety net and the non-profit community. And importantly, this is the time to lay the groundwork to maximize foundations’ strategies and leadership.
You are invited to join colleagues on May 1-2 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg to develop the first-ever statewide philanthropic policy network for collaboration and impact. With the assistance of the Council on Foundations and facilitation by the world-class MAYA Design, Inc., participants will discuss how foundations can come together to address four critical public policy issues facing the Commonwealth, all against the backdrop of an uncertain State budget:
- The opioid crisis
- Fair education funding
- Communities in crisis/Act 47
- Human services funding
The convening’s agenda builds on the outcomes of the 2016 Pennsylvania Philanthropy Conference sponsored by the Council on Foundation in State College, and a subsequent survey of Pennsylvania foundations, which revealed that most of last year’s attendees were already engaging in or funding public policy efforts to various degrees. Most shared a deep interest in collaborating on public policy research and engagement of local leaders around the work of foundations across the State.
Sessions will be highly interactive. The conference kicks off with briefs from policy experts in each of the four areas so participants can hit the ground running for a full-day of highly interactive collaboration planning. Participants will leave with a solid grounding in the issues and a menu of activities that can be mission-specific to each organization but aligned for statewide impact.
All Pennsylvania foundations are welcome. Join your peers in building an effective philanthropic public policy voice in the Commonwealth!
Note: this is a public policy education event and no funds will be used for lobbying purposes.
Please follow this link to learn more and register.