Post-Election and Policy Funder Resources
The November elections has many of us pondering the big changes that lie ahead for the new administration and what they mean for priorities and policies on Education, Environment, Health, Immigration, and more. We know that our members, who have been hearing from grantees, are trying to make sense of the election in terms of what these changes will mean for their organization and the communities they serve. It is clear that the election shined a light on deep divisions in our country among socio-economic, racial, gender and generational lines, to name a few. What impact will this have on our staff, networks, and the communities we serve?
We are compiling a list of post-election resources, news items, and programming. Please send additional suggestions to .
- Policy Update: The Johnson Amendment from the Forum on Regional Associations of Grantmakers
- Policy Update: The Johnson Amendment in the 115th Congress (Council on Foundations)
- Eye on the Trump Cabinet– An interactive guide of Donald J. Trump’s administration and the philanthropic interests of those nominated to serve in his cabinet from Foundation Center’s Glasspockets
- GOP Push to Cut Spending Worries Nonprofits (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
- 2016 Elections/Impact on the Work of Charitable Nonprofits – The National Council of Nonprofits released an analysis to help nonprofits and philanthropy make sense of the 2016 federal elections and results of state and local elections.
- At Most Immediate Risk: Executive Orders and Regulations that Affect the Work of Nonprofits (Nonprofit Quarterly)
- Nonprofits Brace for Big Changes Under Trump Administration (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
- Where Will Donald Trump Find His Policy Agenda? Clues for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Quarterly)
- Trump Win Might Push More Onto State NPOs (The Nonprofit Times)
- Trump’s White House Victory Could Spell Money Woes for Charities (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
- Why Standing Up for Immigrant Rights Benefits Everyone (Ford Foundation)
- Inequity Makes Us Sick: A Post-2016 Election Message (ABFE)
- Philanthropy’s New Future (Arabella Advisors)
- On building the beloved community (Ford Foundation)
- Time for Philanthropy to Step Up (Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers)
- Our Unfolding Times (FSG)
- Post Election Resources (Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees)
- So What Now? Grants Management in the Trump Era (Grants Managers Network)
- Election Results Show Low Trust in Most Institutions (Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University)
- What Does Philanthropy Do Next? (The Kresge Foundation)
- Election 2016: Giving Voice and Healing Divisions (Minnesota Council on Foundations)
- Navigating Post-Election California (Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers)
- Post-Election: Philanthropy Prepares for Change (Philanthropy New York)
- We’ve Been Here Before, But Now We Know Where We Are (Philanthropy New York)
- What’s Next?: 5 Steps to mobilize the Collaborative Advantage (Philanthropy West Virginia)
- The Next Four Years: Keep Moving Forward (Philanthropy 411)
- If You See Something, Say Something: Post-Election America (Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers)
11-17-17 NMAG Speech NMAG Annual Member Meeting A Rubel Speech, November 17, 2016
- Scary Times: Foundations, Trumpism, and the Fear Factor– David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy
- Moment of Truth: Will Foundations Come Together to Fight Trump?– by David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy)
- The Brief Opportunity: Now Is the Time To Effect Change– by Amanda Andere, Funders Together to End Homelessness
- Protecting Progress In The Trump Era– written by Kathleen Enright of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
- Nonprofits Need to Stand Together to Push for Smart Public Policies– written by Tim Delaney and David L. Thompson of the National Council of Nonprofits
- For Philanthropy, Trump Era Is Time to Double Down to End Injustice– written by Jennifer Buffett, Peter Buffett, and Pamela Shifman of the NoVo Foundation
- It’s Day One of the Trump Era: Let’s Defend Philanthropy– written by Henry Berman of Exponent Philanthropy
- In the Trump Era, Nonprofits Need a New Social Contract With Foundations – written by Vu Le, Executive Director of the Rainier Valley Corps and writes the blog Nonprofit With Balls
- Foundation Sunset Rules and Bans on Endowment Hoarding Likely Among Trump Plans– written by James Piereson, President of the William E. Simon Foundation
- Foundation CEOs Must Muster Their Money, Voice, and Courage to Fight Trump– written by Gara LaMarche, head of the Democracy Alliance
- Philanthropy Can Bridge the Gap Between Trumped-Up Fears and Real Threats– written by Vincent Stehle, Executive Director of Media Impact Funders
- Trump Should Take the Giving Pledge While Nonprofits Play Offense– written by Tom Watson, President of CauseWired
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy has published several opinion pieces post-election including messages for philanthropy from the Trump victory, calls to embrace Trump voters, thoughts on what’s ahead for charitable giving and more.
- Election Results Analysis – The Philanthropy Roundtable’s new Vice President for Public Policy, Sean Parnell, led a discussion via conference call on Wednesday, November 9, on the results of the 2016 General Election and the impact they will have on the charitable sector. Parnell was joined for the call by Sandra Swirski, Executive Director of the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Anne Urban, Partner at Urban Swirski & Associates, who offered analysis of the new political and policy landscape in Washington.
- Washington Update Live! Post Election Analysis – The Council on Foundations hosted a free webinar on Tuesday, November 15 from 4p.m. to 5p.m. EST. Speakers on the webinar analyzed the results of the 2016 election and discuss what it all means for the philanthropic sector.
- Trump’s Presidency and the New Congress- What the Future Holds for Immigrants and Refugees– Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and partners is hosting a webinar on Monday, November 21 from 1-2:30 pm ET. It will ground 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.
- Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook (Alliance for Justice)- This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.
- Transition Team Advocacy (Bolder Advocacy)- The transition period (the time between election and inauguration days) is an important window of time when organizations, including 501(c)(3) charities, can build relationships and work to have their concerns made a priority of the new administration. There are many activities, including ones that do not constitute lobbying, that organizations can engage in to influence the policies and direction of a new administration.
- 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.