Moving the Dial: Public Policy as a Funder Tool to Make Real Change

September 13, 2012
Location: Flinn Foundation

Significant government budget cutbacks have had a devastating impact on many nonprofit programs in Arizona. Despite wishful thinking by some state legislators, it is impossible for the philanthropic sector in Arizona to begin to fill the funding gaps now faced by nonprofits at a time of huge increases in demand for services. Funders need to explore new tools for protecting their investments and/or advancing their missions. Public policy engagement is one such critical tool that all funders should consider.

The AGF program provided trustees and staff with critical information on why investment in public policy is crucial today, how it can provide a significant return on investment, and highlighted practical examples of effective funder engagement in public policy both in Arizona and across the nation.

Speakers included:

  • Grady Gammage, Jr., part time academic, a practicing lawyer, an author, a sometime real estate developer, and a former elected official (source).
  • Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

…and a number of Arizona funders.

Grady Gammage – Public Policy in Arizona.
Aaron Dorfman on the ROI of Public Policy.
Eva Lester on achieving structural change.
Kendis Muscheid on legally engaging in public policy as a funder.
A panel of Arizona funders on success in public policy efforts.