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Public Policy and Advocacy Strategies

Public policy engagement is a key strategy for ensuring sustainable improvements in population health. As a result, health philanthropy plays a vital and unique role in the public policy process. GIH works to build understanding between health grantmakers and policymakers, and supports grantmakers in their efforts to advance policy change.

Contact Eileen Salinsky for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

March 2018

Community Catalyst has released a new guide that provides consumer health advocates with information about how to build a strong grassroots base in order to enhance their ability to win policy change campaigns. The tool is targeted primarily at state-based consumer advocacy 501(c)(3) organizations, though much of the information is relevant to (c)(4) organizations as well. The tool includes information about both building internal grassroots organizing capacity and developing strong partnership with other organizations.

March 2018

A new book released by The Atlantic Philanthropies shows what’s possible when communities, nonprofits, and funders challenge and help change discriminatory policies, practices and narratives. The book explores four cases studies that demonstrate how investing in advocacy is an effective way to advance positive and meaningful change, especially when the goal is to modify laws or public policies that deny people opportunity, fairness, or equity. Case studies include efforts to (1) abolish the death penalty, (2) address the AIDS Crisis in South Africa, (3) advance marriage equality in Ireland, and (4) advocate for school discipline reform.

Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    April 9, 2018 2:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
    This webinar will discuss why the census matters and the role that philanthropy can play in ensuring a fair and accurate count.

  • Meeting
    June 20, 2018 • Chicago, Illinois

    Please Join GIH for the 2018 annual conference in Chicago: Navigating Currents of Change

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