2016 Post-Election Briefing: Politics, Policy and Philanthropy
November 16-17, 2016 | Washington, DC
November 16, 2016
|9:00am||Welcome and Introductions|
|Elections mark new beginnings, new possibilities, and also new challenges. During this transition period to a new Administration and Congress, it is important to reflect on what these changes mean for our work.
|9:30am||National and State Election Outcomes: Insights, Lessons and Future Implications|
|This keynote plenary session will provide a comprehensive overview of the election outcomes and set the context for our work moving forward. Panelists will discuss who voted, what issues and messages moved voters, and the results of key races and ballot measure campaigns. They will also explore how the new political landscape impacts public and political will on economic and social policies (including health and human services, criminal justice, inequality, education, and labor).
|10:45am||New Windows of Opportunity for Advancing a Policy Agenda for Low Income Families, Workers and Communities|
|In what policy arenas can philanthropy make a difference today? A panel of experts will reflect on the outcomes of the federal and state elections and what they suggest in terms of opportunities and challenges at both the federal and state level.
|1:15pm||Breakout Discussions on What the Election Outcomes Mean for Our Work as Funders|
Several concurrent breakout sessions will be offered to dig deeper on policy opportunities and challenges and discuss implications for the role of philanthropy. Click on the links below for detailed session descriptions.
Early Childhood (sponsored by the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative)
Economic Justice and Workers’ Rights (sponsored by Funders for a Just Economy) The Funders for a Just Economy (formerly known as the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships) is a national network of funders committed to advancing the philanthropic conversation about economic and social justice, and the centrality of unions in those efforts. In the aftermath of historic elections, we will discuss not why but, instead, what next. What are the threats to workers’ rights we anticipate from the GOP Congress and Trump administration, and where are the points of leverage (in the Senate or elsewhere) that can stop them? Are there any positive opportunities, such as on trade or infrastructure? What next for immigration reform? What does the political map look like in the states, and where are the opportunities for economic justice particularly ripe? Join us as we discuss the new post-election political landscape and drill down to the ways funders can enable the field to take advantage of new opportunities and face new challenges.
Poverty and Opportunity (sponsored by GIST) The Economic Opportunity Funders (EOF) is a national network of grantmakers interested in improving the economic well-being of low-income families in the United States. This breakout discussion will explore post-election opportunities and challenges at the federal and state level for reducing poverty and increasing opportunity, with a special emphasis on the implications for grantmakers. We’ll begin with a facilitated dialogue on how the new Administration and Congress might approach key poverty and opportunity policies and expected changes at the state level. We’ll then explore short- and long-term strategies for advancing our policy and advocacy work and identify opportunities to work collaboratively towards shared priorities.
Workforce Development (sponsored by Workforce Matters) Workforce Matters is a peer network that leverages the collective knowledge, relationships, and experience of grantmakers to advance the field of workforce development. During this breakout session, Workforce Matters invites you to join us for a rich conversation about post-election opportunities and challenges with leading workforce development policy thinkers with expertise at the state and federal level. We’ll begin with a facilitated dialogue about what our expert guests anticipate will be the key policy issues, potential opportunities to address those issues, likely challenges under the new administration and Congress, and expected changes at the state level. Next, we’ll dive into a full-group discussion around shared priorities and opportunities for coordination and collaboration. Finally, we’ll conclude with a funders-only debrief and dialogue around what philanthropy can do to help advance family-sustaining, industry-responsive workforce development policies.
|3:30pm||Large Group Breakout Session Reflections
Participants will share key take-a-ways from the breakout sessions.
|4:00pm||Philanthropic Efforts to Support and Shape the Transition to a New Administration and Congress|
|The first year of a new presidency is a time to set new goals, create new alliances, and shape agendas. It is also historically a time of maximum political potential for passing major domestic policy legislation. A panel of funders will discuss efforts to capitalize on this transition and call attention to key policies and appointments.
|5:00pm||Reception: US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty|
|Participants will enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres and hear a brief presentation on the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, a new collaborative supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to discover permanent ladders of mobility for the poor.
November 17, 2016
|9:00am||Welcome and Reflections
|9:15am||The Role of the News Media in the 2016 Elections and Beyond
The way we communicate is quickly changing. Our access to news and information has increased dramatically, as has access to a broader variety of voices and opinions. This panel will explore the role of the media – both traditional and nontraditional – in the elections and consider implications of the changing news media landscape for our economic security and justice work.
Tapping Into American Aspirations and Values to Drive Social Change
Building on our conversations about the role of communications and framing of issues in our work, this session will share groundbreaking research on how communicating effectively about American values and aspirations can change the national narrative to support broadly shared prosperity and opportunity for all.