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Grantmaker Skills & Strategies: Policy 101: Achieving Your Mission Through Policy & Advocacy Work [4-20-17]

Event Start Date: 4/20/2017 8:30 AM

Event End Date: 4/20/2017 10:30 AM

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Policy 101:
Achieving Your Mission Through Policy & Advocacy Work
A Skills & Strategies Program for Grantmakers
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Advocacy offers a powerfully effective grantmaking strategy to achieve long-term social impact and advance a foundation's mission. Yet many foundations are hesitant to fund grantee advocacy, and remain reluctant to engage in their own sector advocacy, for fear of regulatory barriers.


Join the Gateway Center for Giving for a mini-workshop featuring Erin Skene-Pratt, Director of PolicyWorks, a national initiative focused on fostering funders' engagement in policy and advocacy work. 

During the session, Skene-Pratt will present an overview of the rationale for grantmakers to support advocacy as funders; the potential advocacy roles for foundations to engage in themselves; and lobbying rules and regulations that apply to the work of private and public foundations. Ryan Barker, Vice President of Health Policy at the Missouri Foundation for Health, and Matt Oldani, Vice President of Strategic Alignment at the Deaconess Foundation, will provide peer funder perspectives about their experiences as grantmakers engaging in policy and advocacy. At the end of the session, participants will strategize on how to overcome anticipated barriers to policy work and learn of resources utilized by funders as they begin or deepen their commitment to funding through advocacy.

Participants can expect to leave this program with:
  • A "Policy 101" framework for grantmakers interested in exploring policy and advocacy;
  • An understanding of the rationale of organizations choosing to engage with policy and advocacy in order to achieve social impact and advance their foundation's mission; and
  • Perspectives from GCG Members on the value of policy work and its impact on their grantmaking strategies and outcomes.
WHEN:  Thursday, April 20, 2017; 8:30am-10:30am
WHERE:  Missouri Foundation for Health (415 S. 18th Street, #400, St. Louis, MO 63103)
OPEN TO:  GCG Members (Free) and Non-Member ($50) Grantmakers 
REGISTRATION: We ask that you RSVP by clicking the "Book Now" button to help ensure we have adequate space and materials.

We hope that you can join us. Light refreshments and coffee will be available.

Please contact with questions about this program. 

Special thanks to the Missouri Foundation for Health for sponsoring and hosting this event.
Event Locations

  • Missouri Foundation for Health

    415 South 18th Street
    St. Louis
    United States
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