Evidence and Ideas for Change Join us to hear about philanthropy’s new playbook
Sarah Rosen Wartell
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The Urban Institute is collaborating with a number of leaders who are thinking in new ways about how philanthropy can engage constructively in public debate and issue advocacy, both directly and through innovative and inclusive giving strategies.

Shena Ashley, Urban’s Vice President for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, has organized a forum on October 15 to discuss this changing landscape of philanthropy. The event features leaders from Arnold Ventures, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, and the Hudson-Webber Foundation. I hope you or a colleague can join us.

Please see more details below, where you can also register for the event.

Philanthropy’s New Playbook for Policy Advocacy Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and registration will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW Washington, DC 20024

In search of greater impact, innovative philanthropists and foundation leaders are embracing new approaches to policy advocacy, including alternative legal structures (especially LLCs), more ambitious collaborative giving vehicles, new ways of listening to and empowering groups directly affected by social problems, and more direct engagement in public debate. These innovations can be both inspiring and bewildering for a wide range of donors who are eager to make a difference on issues they care about—but unsure about how to move forward legally and with high impact.

The Urban Institute invites you to a discussion of these issues with four of the nation’s top philanthropic leaders. We will explore a number of specific innovations and shed light on how givers of every political stripe can make a difference through effective issue advocacy. We will also offer insights to help advocates and policy experts better understand the new landscape.


  • Melanca Clark, President and CEO, Hudson-Webber Foundation
  • Brian Hooks, President, Charles Koch Foundation and Charles Koch Institute
  • Kelli Rhee, President and CEO, Arnold Ventures
  • Mark Rigdon, Deputy Director, State and Local Government Relations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Phil Buchanan, President, Center for Effective Philanthropy (moderator)

Framing presentation:

  • Shena Ashley, Vice President for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, Urban Institute
Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy
Tags Foundations and philanthropy
Policy Centers Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy