What is PolicyWorks?


This year’s PolicyWorks Institute took place immediately before the Forum’s Annual Conference. Michigan Council of Foundations has just launched a new web page explaining what PolicyWorks is and how you can get involved.

PolicyWorks for Philanthropy is a multi-year initiative that seeks to build the capacity of regional association staff, board and volunteer leaders to engage policymakers in support of a vibrant and effective philanthropic sector. Its vision is that policymakers will recognize RAs as among the most valued voices and expert resources on issues critical to philanthropy and society.

The learning community of 20 regional associations share a commitment to building their individual and collective capacity to achieve the PolicyWorks vision and goals based on the belief that: (1) policy work is essential to achieving our missions and helping our more than 3,000 foundation members; and (2) As a network serving foundations in 39 states, the PolicyWorks community offers the best and only coordinated national system for building effective relationships with elected and appointed officials 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 foundations’ mission and goals.

Led by a national steering committee of six regional associations co-chaired by Vicki Rosenberg of Michigan Council of Foundations and Claudia Herrold, Ohio Grantmakers Forum, PolicyWorks has been funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Now that the summer intitute is over, the work is just beginning. Be on the lookout for case studies and other resources.

Did you attend PolicyWorks? Let us know what you thought in the comments section!

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