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Investing in the Power of Young People: 20 Years of Philanthropic Support for Youth Organizing

Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) has released its 2020 Funder Scan which evaluates the critical role philanthropy has played in shoring up a youth organizing field poised to meet the multiple challenges of this moment. This report is part of FCYO’s 2020 National Youth Organizing Field Scan, a series of four reports that together offer an in-depth look into a field that has grown in significant ways over the last two decades.

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Why Redistricting Matters

Vitalyst Health Foundation has released a policy brief which describes the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC) and discusses which eight of Arizona’s 19 charter cities conduct their own local process. The brief also explores the multiple ways people can engage to provide input so that community well-being can get the representation and resources it deserves.

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Funding Opportunities to Reduce Violence

The Alliance for Safety and Justice, a crime prevention and victim support organization, released a report detailing the grant opportunities for community-focused safety and violence prevention as a result of the $1.9 trillion stimulus and COVID-19 relief bill.

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Beyond Grantmaking: Health Foundations as Policy Change Agents

This GIH report seeks to help the field of health philanthropy maximize its strategic potential and minimize the difficulties inherent in taking on new roles by both describing ways funders are directly engaging in policy change efforts and distilling the key lessons learned from these experiences.

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Health in All Policies: What It Is and What It Means for Health Grantmaking

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an emerging approach to public policymaking, grounded in recognition that the most important determinants of health are outside the reach of the formal health care system. This Issue Focus describes the HiAP concept, its history and evolution, and explores how this approach is poised to influence priorities and programs in the field of health philanthropy.

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“Acting Bigger” by Partnering with Government

In the spring of 2014, the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) convened more than a dozen health legacy foundation CEOs from throughout the southeastern United States to reflect on the Monitor Institute’s monograph, What’s Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World.

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Reflections on Building the Advocacy Capacity of Nonprofit Organizations

The Kansas Health Foundation reflects on a series of multiyear, targeted investments to build Kansas Action for Children’s advocacy capacity, and shares several lessons learned along the way.

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Stepping Out: One Foundation’s Lessons Learned from Leading a Ballot Initiative

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) shares lessons learned from an evaluation of its involvement in Missouri’s 2012 tobacco tax ballot initiative, one of the first times when HCF stepped into the public sphere in support of an issue.

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Public Policy and the Equity Agenda

While a number of leading organizations have called for health in all policies, imagine if the field went a step further to call for health equity in all policies.

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Sustaining Health Care Improvement Initiatives through Policy

Many foundations now recognize their own responsibility and the opportunity to improve the sustainability of grant projects by taking active roles in advocating for important public and private policy changes. By partnering with grantees and by capitalizing on their unique roles, foundations can work with policymakers to continue successful programs through ongoing policies that sustain transformative efforts.

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Gun Control: A Health Policy Issue?

Although the health-related consequences of gun violence are undeniable, the need for stronger gun control policies to address these health outcomes is hotly contested. Is the field of health philanthropy particularly “gun shy” about engaging in the contentious policy debate surrounding gun control? A number of health funders have supported grants and initiatives related to violence prevention, but relatively few have explicitly recognized gun control as a health policy objective.

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Health Advocacy: Yes, No, or Maybe So?

Although engagement in public policy is viewed as a mission-critical strategy by an increasing number of health funders, many foundations are still considering whether and how they should support health advocacy efforts. This Issue Focus article briefly addresses some of the key questions foundations are likely to confront as they determine what role, if any, they should play in the public policy arena.

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