Forefront plays a very hands-on role with policy and advocacy at the state level, employing registered lobbyist(s), aiming to pass proactive legislation and defend the sector when needed. This is vital, because 1) foundations do not have other coordinated representation with state officials and 2) Forefront is uniquely positioned to convene all types of nonprofits on issues that affect everyone regardless of their service area. On specific policy proposals, Forefront may serve as a champion, supporter, or convener. Staff center racial equity and use the decision-making filter to determine our position and role. We employ multiple tactics, including direct lobbying, calls-to-action, leveraging partnerships with other statewide organizations, and elevating the expertise of others to help keep our sector informed. Forefront’s policy team works closely with our philanthropic and nonprofit members, our Policy Committee, and other key stakeholders around the state to develop and/or identify proposals moving through the General Assembly every spring that impact our sector. Policy Priorities listed below are ones for which Forefront is a champion. Items on the Watch List are those that are championed by other organizations that we actively support or oppose, depending on how they affect the sector.
For more information, contact our team at PublicPolicy@MyForefront.org.
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