Engaging funders in post-election discussions for more than a decade!

Assessing the new environment in the aftermath of the elections and identifying new windows of opportunity to work strategically and collaboratively is essential to advancing the work of philanthropy and improving the lives of low-income families, workers and communities.

For more than a decade, EOF has hosted post-election briefings in partnership with fellow funder affinity groups to help funders better understand the outcomes of the national and state elections and what it suggests in terms of opportunities and challenges for the short-and medium-term.

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The results of this year’s elections will determine control of Congress and set the stage for the second half of President Biden’s term of office. Races at the state and local level will also have significant impacts on the concentration of political power across the states and new laws targeting abortion, guns, voting rights, and election infrastructure. Understanding what issues and narratives drove voters and assessing the new policy and funding environment is critical as we build compelling and successful agendas to advance racial and economic equity and an inclusive democracy.

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SESSION RECAP: Unpacking the 2022 Elections

The 2022 elections, in many ways, defied history and expectations. While Republicans secured a slim majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats retained control of the Senate while winning governorships in tightly contested states like Arizona, Wisconsin, and Kansas. It was not, as many had predicted, a “wave” election for Republicans.

During the 2022 EOF Post-Election Briefing, a panel of experts explored what the recent elections tell us about political participation, dialogue on the direction of the country, and the future of social and economic policy.Read More »

SESSION RECAP: Protecting and Advancing a Policy Agenda for Low Income Families, Workers, and Communities

The midterm elections shook up the balance of power on Capitol Hill, producing a divided government unlikely to find common ground on major policy issues. However, encouraging signs at the state level and recent legislative achievements provide reason for optimism for those working to expand economic opportunity and justice.

A panel of experts reflected on the outcomes of the elections and what they suggest in terms of opportunities and challenges at both the federal and state level.Read More »

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Many thanks to our terrific planning committee for their time and leadership in shaping this event!

  • Elizabeth DiLauro, Senior Policy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Courtney Lundquist, Program Officer, Economic Justice Program, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Marcela Montes, Program Officer, Family Economic Security, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

2020 Post-Election Virtual Funder Learning Series

We kicked off the series with a short video featuring three philanthropic leaders who reflect on the post-election landscape and implications for philanthropy.

Philanthropy’s Road Forward Video
Foundations play an important role in informing the public debate, stimulating innovation, and supporting research and evaluation needed to understand the impact of policies and programs. Assessing the new policy and funding environment after the elections is critical as we build compelling and successful agendas for advancing our work to support low-income families, workers and communities. Given the extraordinary challenges of 2020 including the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crisis, national uprising for racial justice and threats to our democracy, how do we, as funders, need to show up in this moment?

The series also includes four funder discussions in December 2020 – February 2021.

Who Voted and Why and Implications for Social and Economic Policy (December 2-3, 2020)
In this two-part program, public opinion and political strategists and national and state organizers will explore what the recent elections tell us about political participation, dialogue on the direction of the country, and the future of social and economic policy.

A National Reckoning on Race (December 17, 2020)

Ideas, Lessons, and Inspiration on How Philanthropy and the Administration Can Work Together (January 7, 2021)

No Going Back — Building for a Better Future (February 4, 2021)

Many thanks to our planning committee for their time and leadership in shaping this funder learning series!
  • Cassandra McKee, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund and EOF Steering Committee member
  • Robb Gray, W.K. Kellogg Foundation 
  • Leigh Gibson, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
  • Julie Fernandes, Rockefeller Family Fund

2018 Post-Election Briefing

2018 Post-Election Briefing: Philanthropy at the Crossroads

November 27, 2018 | Washington, DC

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Hosted by the Economic Opportunity Funders in partnership with: Asset Funders Network, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Neighborhood Funders Group’s Funders for a Just Economy.

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2016 Post-Election Briefing

2016 Post-Election Briefing: Politics, Policy and Philanthropy

November 16-17, 2016 | Washington, DC

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PowerPoint Presentations:

  • What Happened in the 2016 Election? – Understanding the Presidential Race and Losses Down the Ballot Analyzing the Impacts of Turnout, the Economy, Change, Racism, and Sexism, by Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners.
  • Ballot Measures in the New Political Reality by Justine Sarver, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center – This PowerPoint presentation is available in the password protected members area of this web site. Not a member? Join EOF  – it’s free!
  • American Aspirations: Insights and Ideas for a Narrative about Shared Prosperity and Opportunity for All by Doug Hattaway, Hattaway Communications – To view this PowerPoint presentation contact Pete Tontillo, Research Associate, Hattaway Communications at ptontillo@hattaway.com.

Hosted by the Economic Opportunity Funders in partnership with the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Funders for a Just Economy and Workforce Matters.