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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

Spotlight
July 2018


On March 26, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The inclusion of the new question has been challenged in court on the grounds that it could cause many immigrants to avoid the 2020 census out of fear their information could be used against them, even though it is illegal to share a person’s census responses with law enforcement or immigration agencies. The Commerce Department is accepting public comments on the census, including the addition of the citizenship question, until August 7, 2018.


Spotlight
June 2018


This updated resource from the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation provides a clear timeline of Census operations and activities based on the very latest announcements from the Census Bureau.


Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    September 6, 2018 3:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Associated Grant Makers, Bauman Foundation, Color of Change, Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Forefront, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Leadership Conference Educational Fund, Minnesota Council of Foundations, NALEO, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, NY Funder Alliance, Philanthropy California, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Philanthropy New York, Philanthropy Northwest, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders, and United Philanthropy Forum
    The Funders Census Initiative is pleased to present the first in a series of briefings on census messaging results developed in partnership with the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup.


  • Webinar
    September 10, 2018 3:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders' Group, Philanthropy New York, United Philanthropy Forum, and Women Donors Network
    This is the second call in a two-part funders-only discussion series designed to share intelligence on timely, nonpartisan opportunities for philanthropy to help ensure full and fair participation in the democratic process.


  • Webinar
    September 12, 2018 3:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Associated Grant Makers, Bauman Foundation, Color of Change, Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Forefront, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Leadership Conference Educational Fund, Minnesota Council of Foundations, NALEO, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, NY Funder Alliance, Philanthropy California, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Philanthropy New York, Philanthropy Northwest, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders, and United Philanthropy Forum
    The Funders Census Initiative is pleased to present the second in a series of briefings on census messaging results developed in partnership with the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup.







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