Free National Webinar: How Will the New Political Landscape Impact Poor Families? A Post-Election Policy Briefing for Grantmakers

The results of the mid-term elections are expected to have far-reaching effects on public policies aimed at low-income working families such as EITC, the Child Tax Credit, unemployment insurance, and SNAP (Food Stamps). Potential shifts in policy – and political will – can have a profound impact on agencies and nonprofit organizations working on the ground to improve economic security for low-income families.

In response, a regional association collaborative will be offering a free national webinar on the topic on Thursday, December 16, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern. Please share this opportunity with your members.

In this interactive webinar, a panel of policy experts will provide a post-election briefing on the results of key races and likely scenarios that will play out on the federal and state levels, with special emphasis on the implications for grantmakers active in the field.

Our presenters include:

  • Natacha Blain, Policy Director, Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families will give an overview of the policy environment as it relates to poor families;
  • David Marzahl, President, Center for Economic Progress will share policy recommendations especially related to EITC and CTC; and
  • Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus (pending) will share research about the critical role of safety net programs and strategic messaging about children as a national priority in the budget.

Our presenters will discuss:

  • What legislative issues will have the greatest impact on low-income working families?
  • What are the key trends relating to Congressional and gubernatorial outcomes, and which states are most keenly affected?
  • What can grantmakers do in response to political changes altering the landscape?
  • How might these outcomes inform their policy and advocacy work, program directions, funding and evaluation of grantees?
  • What are some best practices grantmakers can follow to establish new or strengthen existing public/private partnerships in the aftermath of the election?

Following the presentations, a Q & A session will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions and consider strategies for moving forward.

There is no charge for this webinar for grantmakers and philanthropic advisors, but pre-registration is required. Please click here to register.

Hosted by the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on behalf of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy; Council of Michigan Foundations; Delaware Valley Grantmakers; Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families; Grantmakers Forum of New York; Indiana Grantmakers Alliance; San Diego Grantmakers; and the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

For additional information contact Elisabeth Hyleck at 410-727-1205 or


  1. Grantmakers understand the status of key federal policy issues that will have the greatest impact on low-income families (EITC, CTC, SNAP & unemployment insurance)
  2. Grantmakers understand the shifts in political will/legislative priorities of new (and current) politicians,
  3. Grantmakers have concrete ideas about what they can do in response to political changes altering the landscape, How might these outcomes inform their work, and guidance for establishing/strengthening public/private partnerships.

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