A Critical Time for Philanthropy’s Voice to Be Heard

by Dave Biemesderfer, President & CEO, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

If there were ever a time for philanthropy to speak with a strong voice on the issues and values it cares about, now is the time. Whenever there is a new Congress and new Presidential administration, it is a critical moment for all sectors to ensure they are being heard—philanthropy included. That need is heightened for philanthropy during this time of significant divisiveness in our country, as I’ve written about before.

I represent a large and growing network of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) that all work to advance, inform and support philanthropy. In this time of change, our members are engaging in numerous efforts to ensure that philanthropy speaks out on issues that are vital to our country’s future.

Around the country, the Forum’s regional PSO members are providing a strong voice for philanthropy amid a change in political leadership not just in Washington but also in their cities, states and regions, to offer research, resources and guidance to their state policymakers to support balanced decisions for their communities. Philanthropy Ohio, for example, continues to convene Ohio funders around health and education policy issues, to ensure that philanthropy is an active participant in critical policy discussions and decisions in Ohio, on both the state and federal level. Many other regional PSOs are engaged in similar work.

The Forum itself is playing our role to ensure a strong voice for philanthropy on important policy issues for our field. Click here to get the full story and learn more about the Forum’s activity.