Philanthropy WV/WVNPA's 3rd Annual Joint Policy Institute

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:15 pm

Charleston, West Virginia

Critical Partnerships for West Virginia’s Future

With the historic transition of executive and legislative leadership in West Virginia, it is critical, now more than ever, that nonprofits and foundations come together to establish relationships with new leadership for West Virginia’s future.

Join us for the Third Annual Policy Institute: Critical Partnerships for West Virginia’s Future, in Charleston, presented by Philanthropy WV and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association. The Institute is designed to support and engage foundation and nonprofit staff members, board members, volunteers, and supporters in the legislative and government relations process. This program is geared to everyone from beginners to experts with a desire to advocate for public policy issues that are of concern to your nonprofit, foundation and community.

David Thompson to Give Keynote at Policy Institute

Later this month, Philanthropy WV and the WVNPA will host our 3rd Annual Joint Policy Institute. We are thrilled to announce National Council of Nonprofits VP David Thompson as the keynote speaker. David comes with a breadth of experience in the realm of public policy having worked for Independent Sector as their Director of Government Affairs and served as a Senior Counsel and Policy Director to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The title of his keynote is What Do Changes in Washington Mean for West Virginia Nonprofits and Foundations? Join us on January 26 in Charleston to learn more from David on key issues affecting the work of our organizations and our abilities to engage in these policy debates in a meaningful way.


9:00 – 10:00 AM Registration

10:00 – 10:10 AM Opening State of the Sector Remarks – Philanthropy WV and WV Nonprofit Association

10:10 – 11:00 AM What Do Changes in Washington Mean for West Virginia Nonprofits and Foundations? David Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, National Council of Nonprofits With the likely change from government gridlock to fast and furious legislating in Washington, many nonprofit and foundation professionals are anxious to see how the pieces fit together and where their advocacy efforts can promote positive solutions. David L. Thompson of the National Council of Nonprofits will provide insights on key issues affecting the work of our organizations, and our abilities to engage in the policy debates in a meaningful way.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM What Does the Future Entail? A panel of leaders from the WV Senate, the WV House of Delegates, and the Governor’s administration.

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch and Networking Roundtables

  • Health
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Children & Families

1:45 – 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions

#1: Using Your Data to Tell Your Story: Advocating for Your Mission, Ellen Allen of Covenant House

In this era of impacting economic inequality through initiatives to build community wealth, nonprofits must use traditional and nontraditional ways to measure their work, evaluate their contributions to the community, and tell their story in the context of community wealth. In this workshop you will learn about one nonprofit’s effort to advocate for their mission through effective and compelling story telling.

#2: WV Advocacy & Lobbying 101 (Ethics Commission and/or David Thompson)

#3: Debriefing Successful Policy Advocacy Efforts (Paul Daugherty and Stephen Smith)

2:45 – 3:15 PM Closing Remarks and announcing plans for the formation of an Impact Commission

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