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Navigating the Political Landscape

Monday, November 21, 2016

California’s three regional philanthropy associations are deepening our partnership as a force for positive impact, and the timing couldn’t be better. Clearly, changes are underway nationally which will affect philanthropy in our state for years to come.

Our joint initiative, Philanthropy California, leverages the strengths of our members across geographic and organizational boundaries and across diverse interests to give all of us:

  • A stronger statewide philanthropic voice
  • Innovative opportunities for learning and collaboration
  • Streamlined support for the state’s nonprofit and philanthropy sectors

We’ll share more information soon on Philanthropy California’s growing work to support you statewide. In the meantime, together, we wanted to share this collection of resources to help you understand and navigate the post-election landscape.

Please contact Karen Freeman at, at let us know if you have additional resources to share, or if you have questions or ideas to guide our Philanthropy California initiative.

Especially now, as the holiday season begins, we also want to take this opportunity to thank you for everything you do in California’s communities and beyond. Wishing the very best to you and to those you serve.


Policy Analysis

Philanthropy’s Response


Livestreams and Webinars

Washington Update Live! Post-Election Analysis
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Council on Foundations CEO Vikki Spruill and special guest speakers analyzed the results of the 2016 election and discussed what it all means for the philanthropic sector.

Post-Election Policy Outlook for Immigrants and Refugees
Monday, November 21, 2016 | 10:30 am - 11:30 pm PST
This webinar grounds funders in the immediate concerns facing immigrant and refugee communities; provide early analyses of the policy and political landscape including the new Congress; and offer a preview of plans to protect due process and fundamental rights at the local, state, and federal level. Hosted by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

Where Do We Go From Here? Policy Priorities for the Trump Administration
Monday, November 21, 2016 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm PST
This event examines the top policy issues facing president-elect Donald Trump and his new administration. Hosted by Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs.

Post-Election Special: What Did We Learn? What’s Next?
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 2:45 pm PST
After a long and ugly ride, what are the key takeaways from the election? Where are we going? And what are the long-term strategies that will fuel the growing movement for a direct and participatory democracy? An exploration of voter turnout and behavior among key voting blocks, moneyed interests, electoral reforms and other democratic trends in California and nationally. Hosted by Northern California Grantmakers.

Financial Health & Social Good: Steering through Uncharted Waters
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
In response to concerns voiced in the post-election period about an uncertain funding and policy landscape, the Nonprofit Finance Fund is offering a special webinar to help non-profit leaders and funders talk openly and plan proactively, so that mission-driven organizations can have and maintain the financial strength to suppor their communities. The webinar for funders will cover the challenges facing nonprofit leaders, and how grantmaking can be aligned with adaptability and long-term stability. 

Rapid Response Policy Call
Monday, January 30, 2017 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
President Trump has announced his first executive orders on immigrants and refugees. GCIR is holding a philanthropy-only rapid response policy call to review the policies created by these executive orders and the short- and long-term implications for immigrant and refugee families. There will be an opportunity to ask experts your questions about these recent announcements. 

Democracy in the Era of Trump: How Grantmakers Should Adapt
Monday, February 6, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
With the potential of accelerating and emerging threats to our democracy, we must reflect on how our roles and practices may need to shift in order to adapt to the shifting political landscape. Join us for this important discussion where we will both hear from a few key speakers on their thinking about what has changed after the elections as well as have time for an open discussion to hear from colleagues around how our network is grappling with this moment.

How to Be an Effective Advocate in Congress
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
With a new presidential administration officially in office, NGOs and citizens alike are grappling with how best to advocate for their causes and engage with lawmakers in an uncertain and contentious political climate. Led by The Congressional Management Foundation's President & CEO Brad Fitch, this webinar will provide unique insights and identify proven strategies for influencing lawmakers and staff across the political spectrum.

Taking Back the Narrative: How to Talk About Immigrants and Immigration 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST
In a time of heated immigration rhetoric, how do you promote more thoughtful and fact-based discussion? How do you get your messages across most effectively to change attitudes and policies? The webinar will illustrate the most effective techniques for creating empathy, combating myths and building bridges to promote a greater understanding of immigrants and refugees.

Additional Resources

The Trump Effect - Inside Philanthropy's roundup of coverage on how Trump administration policies and actions are affecting the priorities of funders, both nationally and locally. 

Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game? - Philanthropy Northwest & Kettering Foundation - In the Fall 2016 edition of this monograph, Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

Fact Sheets Put Local Lens on What's at Stake in Potential Federal Policy Changes - In order to shed light on the effects of substantial spending cuts and policy changes at the federal level, the California Budget & Policy Center has created a set of fact sheets that put a local lens on current levels of economic hardship across California. These fact sheets analyze various issue areas ranging from poverty rates across congressional districts to participation rates in health and human service programs such as CalFresh and Social Security Income (SSI). 

Federal Spending in California - The Legislative Analyst's Office has published a list of online posts that evaluate how federal dollars are spent in California. These posts display total federal expenditures by major program, recipient, county, and compare federal expenditures in California to other states. 

Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California Resource Book - There has been much conversation and debate lately about the future of our nation's Affordable Care Act (ACA). The #Health4All team at The California Endowment has compiled a fact sheet and compendium of reading materials that cover how the ACA has affected our state and the potential impact of repeal and public financing changes to publicly funded coverage programs. 

The Children's Bureau brief, Child Welfare and Immigration is a helpful guide to the history of immigration as it relates to child welfare systems in the United States. 

Resiliency in an Age of Inequality: Immigrant Contributions to California - The California Immigrant Policy Center has published a brief for anyone working to understand the contributions and demographics of -- and challenges for -- immigrant populations in California. 

Potential Impacts of ACA Repeal on California: Premium Tax Credits - Social Interest Solutions has released an interactive data map that shows what it might cost Covered California consumers -- by country, age and in come -- if the AC's premium tax credits were eliminated. 

Californians & Their Government - The Public Policy Institute of California conducted a statwide survey to understand Californians' views of President Trump and a number of his proposals -- such as building a wall on the Mexican border, reducing regulation of business, and banning travel to the United States by people from six majority Muslim countries.