Funder Coffee Chats, Webinars & Strategy Sessions

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

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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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