Funder Coffee Chats, Webinars & Strategy Sessions

Future of Child Care, pt. 2 – An Accessible, Equitable, High Quality Child Care System

Join us for the second part of our Future of Child care series in which we’ll discuss:

  • A vision for a more affordable, equitable, high quality child care system
  • How to build a movement that calls for a different system
  • Ways to center the voices of parents and providers
  • Flexible funding strategies


  • Danielle Atkinson, Mothering Justice
  • Seth Borgos, Community Change
  • Melissa Boteach, National Women’s Law Center

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Future of Child Care, pt. 1 – COVID’s Impact & Relief for the Field

The upside of the pandemic for child care is increased attention and calls for support. This is an opportunity for funders to help reshape the field and create a system that is more equitable, affordable, and accessible for all families. The downside is that pre-existing problems (an unsustainable business model, questions around quality, professionals not earning a living wage, and more) that once were cracks in the system are now fissures.

Join us for the first part of our Future of Child Care series in which we’ll discuss:

  • How the pandemic is affecting the child care field,
  • Ways to build parent and provider leadership,
  • Potential ways for funders to provide relief, and
  • Short-term ideas to jump start a new vision for the future.


  • Julia Barfield, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Katherine Gallagher Robbins, CLASP
  • Mary Ignatius, Parent Voices
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Partner Event: State & Local Budgets – The Next COVID-19 Battlefront

Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF) & Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) Webinar

Thursday, October 1 * 3:00-4:00 pm eastern

The pandemic and economic fallout are placing significant strains on state and local budgets, costing millions to contain the disease and driving sharp declines in income and sales tax revenues. State budget shortfalls are predicted to total to a cumulative $555 billion over state fiscal years 2020-2022. This does not include the additional shortfalls local and tribal governments and US territories face. Unlike the federal government, most states and localities must balance their budgets every year. Large budget shortfalls, dwindling rainy day funds, and insufficient federal relief will leave policymakers facing tough choices about raising taxes and fees, cutting spending on critical programs like education and healthcare, and imposing layoffs on public employees. We know from experience how deep spending cuts and long-term austerity policies can slow down the recovery and cause further harm to families and communities, with disproportionate impacts on immigrants, tribal nations, communities of color, and women.
Join this webinar to learn more about the state and local fiscal crisis, lessons learned from the Great Recession, key principles for an equitable response, and how state and local advocates are gearing up for the budget battles to come.
  • Caitlin Hamood, Stoneman Family Foundations (Moderator)
  • The Honorable Julie Gonzales, Senate Finance Committee, Colorado General Assembly
  • Marcela Díaz, Somos Un Pueblo Unido
  • Erica Williams, State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Cosponsors: Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Children Youth & Family Funders Roundtable, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Philanthropy New York, United Philanthropy Forum, Workforce Matters.

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Data, Children, Families, & COVID: What We Know

The COVID pandemic continues to change America – economic turmoil, job losses, uncertainty around schooling, shifting public opinions on policies to support workers and families, etc. More than one in six Americans have moved since the beginning of the pandemic. These changes will have long-lasting implications and it’s critical for grantmakers to thoughtfully consider how these changes impact their strategies. This webinar will introduce data from three sources – the Census’s Household Pulse Survey, University of Oregon’s Rapid-EC survey focused on early childhood during the pandemic, and USC’s Center for Economic and Social Research’s survey on education. Join us to learn more about how families and children have been impacted by the pandemic.


  • Jason Fields, United States Census Bureau
  • Phil Fisher, University of Oregon, Rapid-EC Study
  • Arie Kapteyn, University of Southern California, Center for Economic and Social Research
  • Mark Mather, Population Research Bureau
  • Anna Saavedra, University of Southern California, Center for Economic and Social Research

Cosponsored by the Economic Opportunity Funders.

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State Budgets Post-Crisis & Medicaid: What Families Can Expect

Wednesday, July 8 * 2:00-3:00 pm eastern

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis is projected to deeply impact state budgets for years. This likely means budget cuts. As Medicaid is a large portion of state budgets, it is one area likely to be affected, but how? What will state budget cuts mean for children and families? Join the Roundtable, Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF), and Grantmakers in Health (GIH) to hear from:

  • Joan Alker, Georgetown University Center on Children and Families
  • Judy Solomon, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Stabilizing Children’s Lives During Crisis

We know that stability is critical for children’s healthy development and well-being, but how can we, as funders, build supports for children during this health and economic crisis during which everyone’s lives are upturned? This new tool from the Urban Institute visualizes the web of supports that buttress stability in children’s lives – from meeting basic needs to shoring up positive relationships to building support for family-friendly policies. Join us as we learn more about how this crisis has affected children and discuss different funder strategies for building stability during a time of uncertainty.

Stabilizing Children’s Lives During Crisis

Thursday, June 11 * 1:00-1:30 pm eastern

During this Meet the Researcher webinar, we’ll hear from Gina Adams at the Urban Institute about ways in which the current crisis has affected children. Gina will share thoughts on how funder strategies fit into the web of supports.

What Funders Can Do to Stabilize Children’s Lives Now

Wednesday, June 17 * 2:00-3:00 pm eastern

During this follow-up funder discussion, we’ll talk about funding strategies that build stability for children. Featuring:

  • Jennifer Ng’andu, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Jennifer Stavrakos, William Penn Foundation



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Partner Event: Innovations to Support Families during COVID-19

ECFC webinar

Thursday, May 14 * 3:00 pm EST

Join ECFC to discuss innovations in home visiting. During the pandemic, families are facing more stress than ever – economic and emotional. At the same time, their connections to early educators, home visitors, and other parents are also strained by closures and distancing. Funders and family supporting programs are adapting quickly to continue services for families. Join this informal conversation with experts from the field to consider what’s possible and what’s proving effective to support families. Speakers include:

  • Constance Gully, President and Chief Executive Officer, Parents as Teachers
  • Adrian Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnerships, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
  • Andrew Russo, Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network

Learn more and register here.

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Partner Event: Towards an Equitable Response and Recovery – Grantmaking Strategy Under COVID-19

Workforce Matters and NFG’s Funders for a Just Economy webinar

Thursday, May 28 * 2:00 pm EST

Interested in learning more about how your peers are tackling the challenges of grantmaking in the COVID-19 era? Join Workforce Matters and NFG’s Funders for a Just Economy to discuss the strategies three foundations are using to respond to working families’ near-term needs related to income, employment, job training, and supportive services while sustaining their long-term work to reduce disparities and injustices and advance family economic security. Speakers include:

  • Rachel Korberg, Ford Foundation
  • Monica Munn, The Mariam Assefa Foundation
  • Jeanne Sakamoto & Casey Budesilich, James Irvine Foundation

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Partner Event: COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Immigrant Families and Communities: Recommendations for Philanthropic Action

GCIR webinar

Wednesday, April 15 * 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

Join GCIR to learn from leaders in the immigrant rights movement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic about how philanthropy must significantly increase grantmaking dollars, shift grantmaking practices, embrace risk, and assert leadership to meet the challenges of this moment.

GCIR’s funding recommendations are here.

Learn more and register here.

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Covid-19 Peer Call

Thursday, March 26 * 12:00-1:00 pm eastern

The past two weeks have seen dramatic changes in your work – both how you work and what you are doing. Get together with your peers to hear what they are up to.

  • How are you staying connected to your grantees? Up to date on the information in your community?
  • Has the crisis shifted your grantmaking strategies or process?
  • What is your organization doing in response to the crisis?
  • What are you doing to stay sane and recognize the amazing work that you are doing right now?

Please join us! We want to get through this together as a community. Hearing your voices will be a highlight of the week.

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Medicaid and Wealth Inequality: Meet the researcher – Naomi Zewde

Thursday, March 19 * 2:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern

Does Medicaid have an impact on whether poor families can stay in their homes? What about on poverty rates? How has Medicaid expansion affected families experiencing poverty?


Learn all of this and more with Naomi Zewde! Naomi is an Assistant Professor of health policy and management at the Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy at CUNY.


During this webinar:

  • Learn about Naomi’s research on Medicaid’s economic security impacts
  • Discuss ways for funders to get involved
  • Ask your questions!

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Economic Opportunity Funders 17th Annual Budget and Tax Briefing for Grantmakers

March 5-6 in Washington, DC

Join this two day briefing for funders to network with colleagues and learn about and discuss pressing policy developments, key battles and opportunities at the federal and state level, and emerging policy, communications, and organizing strategies to advance worker justice, social protections, and an economy that works for all.

Hear from organizers and advocates on how they are preparing for the 2020 elections and beyond and what role philanthropy can play to support them.

Learn more and register here!

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Partner Event: How Medicaid Supports Trauma-Informed Care for Children – GIH

Grantmakers in Health webinar

November 21, 2019

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Join GIH for this webinar. Experiencing trauma in childhood increases the risk of chronic disease and behavioral health issues throughout life. The Medicaid program, which provides health coverage for approximately 40 percent of children and youth aged 0-18 in the United States, is uniquely positioned to support broad, prevention-focused, trauma-informed care and services. Join this briefing to learn more about current behavioral health and trauma services covered by the Medicaid benefits package, discuss examples of state-based best practices and innovative policy initiatives, and explore future opportunities to improve Medicaid’s response to children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other forms of trauma. Featured speaker: Kamala Allen of the Center for Health Care Strategies

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Upcoming events of interest

If you are interested in the intersection of immigration and child welfare, check out:

If you are curious about innovative funding for policy advocacy, check out:

If you want an up-to-date assessment of workforce policy changes, check out:

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Making a Big Difference: Funder Advocacy and System Change Strategies Webinar

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Policy research, public will building, message development, grassroots and grasstops engagement. Funders have lots of tools in their toolkit!
Join funder colleagues to discuss a range of advocacy and systems change strategies used to ensure more children, families and communities thrive. We’ll discuss strategies and lessons learned from a variety of funder perspectives.
  • Katherine Beckmann, Program Officer, Children, Families and Communities at the Packard Foundation
  • Jennifer Esterline, Executive Director at the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium
  • Sara Watson, Senior Director, Policy at the Bainum Family Foundation



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Investing in Change – Supporting Advocacy and Policy Work: Funders Together to End Homelessness Partner Webinar

Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 pm eastern

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How can philanthropy make the case for funding advocacy to end homelessness? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? What’s philanthropy’s role in educating new members of Congress on housing and homelessness issues? What does it look like to support local ballot initiative work?

Funders Together is partnering is Alliance for Justice to answer these questions and more! This session will cover:

  • Reasons for philanthropy to support advocacy and policy work
  • Definitions of lobbying and activities that are exemptions to the definitions of lobbying, including those which are permissible for private foundations
  • Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants
  • How funders can educate and inform incoming Congressional leaders on issues that affect housing and homelessness policy
  • Supporting local efforts, such as ballot initiatives and narrative change campaigns

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This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations.


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Funder Priorities for 2019-2020 — Take the Survey!

For the Roundtable’s next conversation, we want to highlight the policy changes that most affect families and the strategies funders are using to support, shape, or defend against these changes.

To get a sense of your family-focused philanthropy, policy, and equity priorities in 2019 and 2020, we are surveying our members and asking our affinity group partners to distribute the survey as well. We will release a report outlining trends in the field and ways we can better work together.

Survey link:

All data will be confidential. The final report will feature trends we see across the data and will not highlight individual organizations. Your survey responses will not be shared. If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Catherine Jahnes at”
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EITC Policy – Looking Back, Looking Ahead – EITC Funders Network Partner Webinar

Join the EITC Funders Network for an annual look at current federal and state EITC policies and what’s to come in the year ahead.

February 14 at 1:00 pm eastern

Register here.

2018 was a big year for tax credit advocacy on the state level: bills to enact or expand state EITCs moved forward in multiple states and five states successfully expanded their state EITCs and two states enacted new Child Tax Credits (CTCs). On the federal level, the 2017 tax reform’s effects, including changes to the CTC, continued to ripple through the economy as proposals to strengthen tax credits emerged. Looking ahead, tax credit proposals are already being introduced in state legislatures and federal advocates are looking beyond the shutdown to opportunities for expansion.


  • Lauren Pesactore, Tax Credits for Workers and Their Families
  • Samantha Waxman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Debriefing the 2018 Elections – FCCP Partner Webinar

Monday, January 7

3:00-4:15 pm eastern

As we jump into the new year, let’s look at policy opportunities that arise from the 2018 elections, including ballot initiative wins on voting rights restoration, money in politics reforms, redistricting, and more. What can we do to continue advancing this work? What policies might get traction in 2019?  Learn more about this webinar offered by the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation! The webinar is open to charitable foundation staff and philanthropic advisors.

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Looking Ahead to 2019: Policy Opportunities for Children and Families

Tuesday, January 29 at 12:00 – 1:15 pm eastern

The 2018 election results bring change, new opportunities, and different challenges. Join us as we learn about the policy landscape at both the national and state levels. We’ll discuss how potential policy changes could affect children and the varieties of roles funders can play to advance, defend against, or communicate better about policy.


  • Bruce Lesley, First Focus
  • Deborah Stein, Partnership for America’s Children

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We Can All Prosper: College and Workforce Training Access and Completion – A Funder Strategy Conversation

Education and workforce training open doors for families to greater economic security and flexibility, but for many families, there are substantial barriers. This is especially true for low-income families and communities of color. For the past several months, we have explored the dynamics of these barriers, including policies that are quickly changing to restrict access to much-needed supports, the expense of child care, housing insecurity, and the changing nature of work and its impact on work quality. Now, we come together to talk about the roles philanthropy can play in making education or workforce training more feasible for families.


  • Caroline Altman Smith, The Kresge Foundation
  • Rosa Maria Castaneda, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Louise Myrland, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
  • Paula Sammons, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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Making the Census Count for Young Children: A Funder Strategy Conversation

The Census faces a major problem – undercounting young children, especially those in low-income or immigrant families. These children and families face the consequences for years, including decreased funding for necessary supports, such as food programs, affordable housing, and education. We can do better! Funders are gearing up for Census 2020. Join us to learn more about the myriad ways to get involved in your community.


  • Marcia Avner, The Bauman Foundation
  • Florencia Gutierrez, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Bill O’Hare, O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC
  • Jonathan Tran, California Endowment
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Immigration Strategy Discussion

Are you interested in learning more about how your foundation can use its expertise to enter the immigration space? Are you seeking ways to communicate differently with your peers and colleagues about the effects of immigration policy today? Do you wonder how to better align your strategies across your issue areas?

Our first strategy discussion focused on supporting immigrant children and families! Four funders shared their strategies, including how they developed them and how they are linked with other issue areas.


  • Denise Dell Isola, Irving Harris Foundation
  • Sandra Martinez, The California Wellness Foundation
  • Laura Speer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Kavitha Sreeharsha, Emerson Collective
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Healthy Babies, Successful Families – GCIR Partner Webinar

Join GCIR to learn about ways to help immigrant families access the health, nutrition, and safety services necessary for infants to thrive. The first six years of life are critical for brain development and immigrant families face unique challenges.

Learn more here and join us on Thursday, May 10 at 2:00 eastern for an in-depth program call provided by our partner Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

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A Guide to the New Public Charge Rules – GCIR Partner Webinar

Recently proposed new public charge rules could block families from obtaining visas or permanent residency status because they use health and social services benefits for their eligible children. Learn more about these proposed rule changes and what funders can do in response.

Learn more here and join us on Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 eastern for an in-depth policy call provided by our partner Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

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Increasing Stability. Improving Child and Family Outcomes: Launching the Funders Roundtable

March 14, 2018 – 2:30-4:00 pm eastern 

For our first webinar together, we delved into research on the importance of family stability for positive child outcomes. We heard from field experts on what we have learned so far and what programs and policies work to provide stability in uncertain times. We talked with funder leaders about policy strategies to stabilize children’s lives. And, we talked together about the goals and plans for the Roundtable.


  • Gina Adams, Urban Institute
  • Leslie Boissiere, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Beverly Buck, Aloha Foundation
  • Elsa Holguin, Rose Community Foundation
  • Paula Sammons, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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