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May 2019 Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
05/29/2019

Thank you to everyone who support and attended our 2019 Philanthropy in the State Capitol events! We had a successful event, convening nearly 40 funders – community foundations, corporate giving programs and private foundations from across the state – to share stories, strategies and visions for the future with state legislators. Over the course of one day with 44 meetings, we demonstrated the role which philanthropy plays in co-creating positive change through our investments in communities.

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First Look: Governor’s Revised Budget Emphasizes Bold Proposals and Fiscal Resilience, Leaves Room for Other Investments

Publication date: 
05/13/2019

Governor Newsom's May Revision to his proposed 2019-20 state budget continues to call for bold investments in creating economic security and opportunities for Californians, while also fostering the state’s fiscal health. The Governor forecasts revenues that are $3.2 billion higher (over a three-year “budget window” from 2017-18 to 2019-20) than projected in January, driven largely by continued economic growth.

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Targeted Universalism: Policy & Practice

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05/08/2019

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley released this primer on the “targeted universalism” framework, which allows for creative, new policy remedies to pressing social problems as an alternative to traditional approaches inadequate for achieving goals of universal access and inclusion. It provides a roadmap to design policy that can serve groups otherwise excluded, while also promising to improve outcomes for people situated in relatively privileged positions.

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April 2019 Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
04/24/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 Public Policy Conference! We hope you found the day filled with useful resources, insightful conversations and a plan for action.

This month’s Public Policy Roundup focuses on poverty, racial justice and housing services, including:

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Family Philanthropy Newsletter, April 2019

Publication date: 
04/23/2019

But am I Making a Difference? How Family Foundations Can Understand Their Impact - As a philanthropic advisor, my job is to help donors craft a strategy or approach, find organizations to support, and understand the impact that they’re making. While the first two take some time, they are ultimately achievable. The third is a much heavier lift. And this is more often the case with families, who are committed to making a difference, but are rarely interested diverting potential grant funds to support sophisticated (and expensive) evaluations.

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Family Philanthropy Newsletter, January 2019

Publication date: 
01/07/2019

The holiday season has come to an end. For some of us the holidays are bittersweet, pulling on our emotions between warm, laughter-filled moments with family and the strain of keeping everyone reasonably happy. Like it or not, families play an intricate, if not intense, role in the holidays but unlike all of our holiday decorations that we can box up and put away for another year, families are a constant.

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