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PolicyWorks-Supporting Nonprofit Partners

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When the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s (Council) auditor received an unexpected August 2008 call from representatives of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), the conversation was exciting and enticing: approximately 500 of Connecticut’s nonprofits could potentially save millions of dollars in annual state-mandated auditing fees.

PolicyWorks-Forging a Partnership

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For more than two decades, Illinois grantmakers expressed a desire for open and ongoing dialogue between a succession of attorney generals and their staffs through a structured advisory council. The purpose of such a council would be to help educate state officials about the roles, missions, needs and successes of Illinois’ philanthropic sector.

PolicyWorks-Building the Bridge

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The Foundation Liaison plays a very important role as a member of my cabinet and provides significant input on state programs and initiatives being created or changed by my top policy advisors as we sit around the table trying to find the best collaborations and solutions for the citizens of Michigan.” —Governor Jennifer Granholm

PolicyWorks-Opening the Charitable Spigot

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The challenge for the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) in 2006 was simple yet formidable: help convince a cash-strapped Congress to enact federal IRA Charitable Rollover legislation. Realizing this long-term legislative goal, one of CMF’s many legislative goals, would contribute to CMF’s overall mission to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan.

Social Impact Bonds

But a new funding mechanism—social impact bonds (SIBs)—may offer an innovative means of harnessing private capital to achieve measurable gains on some of the most persistent social ills. Weiner professor of public policy Jeffrey Liebman is spearheading an effort at Harvard Kennedy School to accelerate their adoption.

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Inclusive Competitiveness and Ohio’s Innovation Economy

Ohio’s economic future relies upon a well-educated and diverse talent base to create innovation and advancement in an increasingly competitive world. As a strategy, Inclusive Competitiveness is focused on improving the engagement and performance of underrepresented communities – women, minorities and rural Ohioans – within innovation ecosystems, emerging industry clusters and other areas critical to the state’s overall economic competitiveness.

Ohio's State Budget Update

Learn more about how the state’s $150.4 billion biennium budget’s policy will affect philanthropy and your community. The main operating budget for FY 2020-2021, which was introduced in late March, is now at the top of the General Assembly’s agenda. With hearings in the House Finance Committee and Subcommittees in full swing, the over 1800 page document will undergo its comprehensive and stringent legislative process in both chambers.


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