Why is Public Policy Important for Grantmakers?

Why Supporting Public Policy Makes Sense for Foundations

The Atlantic Philanthropies


Resources to Get You Started

Advocacy Toolkit

Council on Foundations

This section of COF's site features a toolkit and more.

Foundation Practices for Public Policy Engagement

The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

This paper is an effort to better understand how foundations that aspire to impact public policy structure their work. Foundations recognized for their work in public policy were identified and individuals key to their efforts were interviewed. The interviews explore how these foundations approach public policy and how they incorporate public policy into their organizational structure and staffing. Foundation Practices for Policy Engagement 

Foundations and Public Policy Grantmaking

The James Irvine Foundation

This paper explores the range of ways private foundations can engage in public policy and proposes a framework for public policy grantmaking. It suggests specific lessons that foundations should keep in mind when considering policy-related grantmaking, and highlights four case studies illustrating the variety of approaches foundations should consider. The paper was written by independent consultant Julia Coffman, who has worked with numerous foundations. Foundations and Public Policy Grantmaking

Foundations on the Hill

Learn about this annual opportunity for grantmakers to meet federal lawmakers.


Wisconsin Legislation

Legislative and Administrative information on Wisconsin

Federal Legislation

Track U.S. bills, search by bill number or keyword, link to congressional directories and more. A service provided by the Library of Congress

Fed Stats

FedStats is the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the federal government. Use the Internet's powerful linking and searching capabilities to track economic and population trends, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more. Access official statistics collected and published by more than 70 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them.

The Federal Register Online

The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

The CFDC is a government- wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and non-financial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the federal government.

Securities and Exchange Commission - Database of Corporate Information

All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database.

Public Policy Forum

Established in 1913 as a good government watchdog, the Public Policy Forum is a private, non-profit, independent research organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of public policy decision-making in southeast Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive, nonpartisan discussion among the public and private sectors.