Post-Election News and Resources

Post-Election Resources

For nearly two decades — and multiple presidential administrations — TFN has served as both an ally to and resource for the philanthropic community. As a new administration moves in to the White House in 2017, we remain committed to remaining non-partisan while helping our members navigate the road ahead with a forward-looking eye toward strategic approaches at the federal, state, regional and local levels.

We’ll continue provide timely updates and resources as more details about the federal transition emerge.

Read Moving Forward: A Post-election Message from Ben Starrett, TFN’s President and CEO


Resources and News:

Philanthropy Can Counter Climate-Research Cuts: BuzzFeed reports on Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, and her pledge to raise private funds, if necessary, to keep climate change research afloat if research efforts are curtailed at the federal level.

Council on Foundations: Trendspotting 2017: The 2017 Trendspotting Series showcases big ideas that will shape the world in 2017. The Council invited important thinkers from a dozen fields to contribute their predictions about trends affecting some major fields of interest that will in turn impact the philanthropic community.

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017: The annual industry forecast by writer and scholar Lucy Bernholz was released this month. Foundation Center partnered with Bernholz to offer the Blueprint, which provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and identifies areas that may see important breakthroughs in the coming year. Download the guide here.

What Ben Carson Could Do As Secretary of HUD: The Hill - Smart Growth America President and CEO Geoffrey Anderson offers eight priorities the nominee for HUD secretary should consider.

  At Most Immediate Risk: Executive Orders and Regulations that Affect the Work of Nonprofits: Nonprofit Quarterly reports that nonprofit organizations and causes that rely on federal regulation, executive orders, or other non-legislative approaches to implementation may face profound change or elimination.

Nonprofits and the Trump Agenda: The Chronicle of Philanthropy breaks down its post-election coverage with a special edition examining what the future may mean for fundraising, tax policy, spending, immigration, regulation, advocacy efforts, and more.

Why Cities and Metros Must Lead in Trump’s America: The Brookings Institution takes a look at the importance of cities and metro areas, published as part of Brookings’ Election 2016 and America’s Future initiative.

Trump Win Might Push More Onto State NPOs: The Nonprofit Times on whether divisions within both the Republican and Democratic parties will continue to push policy work to the state level.

What Next for Smart Growth?: Smart Growth America released Expanding the Economic Recovery to All Americans Through Smarter Growth: Recommendations for the Incoming Administration, a short guide of federal policy recommendations to help the next administration to create growth that’s prosperous, sustainable and equitable.

Post Election Surge in Donations: Many non-profit organizations are seeing tremendous outpouring of donations following the election. Some examples: The Sierra Club had “nearly quadrupled its monthly donation record” in the week following the election and American Civil Liberties Union, which issued a strongly-worded, widely-shared post-election statement saw its donation page crash is month as visitors to the page increased by 7,000 percent.

Trump’s White House Victory Could Spell Money Woes for Charities: Chronicle of Philanthropy warns, “under Mr. Trump’s tax plan, charitable giving would fall in 2017 by at least 4.5 percent and by as much as 9 percent, or by about $13.5 billion to $26.1 billion.” Despite groundswell of support for charitable organizations in the first days following the election, what are the long-term implications for philanthropy?

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Moving Funders Forward: Opportunities and Challenges in a Post-Election America

January 11, 2017
2:00 - 3:00pm ET

Open to funders only. Register here. 

In advance of the presidential inauguration, we’ll hear from experts who will offer analyses on how the federal transition may affect issues of importance to our funders — as well as offer forward-looking strategies that will help them remain impactful and effective.

In addition to surveying the landscape at the federal level, we’ll also explore the importance that states or cities may play in shaping, advancing, or blocking progress on issues such as housing, transportation, social justice, climate change, civil rights, minimum wage, and economic opportunity, among others. Speakers participating in the January TFN Learning Network Webinar include:

  • Nick Rathod, Executive Director, State Innovation Exchange
  • Emily Chatterjee, Senior Legal Advisor, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Geoff Anderson, President and CEO, Smart Growth America
  • Ben Starrett, President and CEO, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, moderator

Please Register for this funders-only webinar by Monday, Jan. 9 to ensure you receive log-in details.

Previous Events

If you are interested in receiving audio recordings of previous events, please contact Tere Figueras Negrete, Director of Communications. Please note that many of our events are limited to funders or members only.

Webinar: Implications for Green Infrastructure in the Trump Administration (TFN Stormwater Funders’ Quarterly Learning Series)
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Open to funders only. 

During the Obama Administration, green infrastructure took off as a solution for urban water issues, climate resilience and community investment through a variety of policies and programs. Following the recent election, there is a great deal of uncertainty about implications for federal water infrastructure investment and the continuation of green infrastructure friendly policies and programs. During the webinar, the speakers will share their assessments of opportunities and barriers for continuing to scale up the use of green infrastructure in the Trump administration and water infrastructure investment in general. Speakers will include:
Gary Belan, American Rivers
Radhika Fox, U.S. Water Alliance
Nancy Stoner, Pisces Foundation, Moderator

Webinar: Advocacy and Education: Tools and Resources for Funders in the Post-election Period and Beyond
Presented by the Alliance for Justice's Bolder Advocacy Initiative
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Advocacy and public education are key strategies in the philanthropy toolbox, and yet confusion remains about what’s allowed and what’s effective. Both private and public foundations may participate in the advocacy arena—through funding of nonprofits or their own advocacy work.

We invite you to join us for a TFN members-only webinar delivered by the team from the Bolder Advocacy initiative at the Alliance for Justice. We will explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts and engage in advocacy themselves, including:

▪ An overview of activities that constitute advocacy and public policy work.

▪ Various advocacy roles for foundations.

▪ Definitions of lobbying.

▪ Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants.

Additional Resources

Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers: Post-election Resources

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees: Post-election Resources

We will continue to compile post-election resources, news items, and programming. Please send suggestions to Communications Director Tere Figueras Negrete,

Philanthropy’s Response

What are TFN funders saying about the road ahead?

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker: Our Duty is to Fund Hope in Darkness
If we are to overwhelm the forces of inequality and injustice — if we are to dedicate ourselves anew to the hard and heavy lifting of building the beloved community — then the cornerstone of our efforts must be hope.”

Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant: Onward
We do not take this work on because it is easy; we take it on because it matters, because it is important. And important things take time. They take dedication. They take persistence. Above all they take people and organizations that refuse to give up..."

Kresge Foundation CEO Rip Rapson: What Does Philanthropy Do Next?
“[I]f there is to be any hope of avoiding the deeper calcification of political ideology and personal attitudes laid bare by this election, it comes from philanthropy's work in local communities – work that touches the everyday lives of everyday people regardless of political affiliation.”

Pittsburgh Foundation CEO Maxwell King: Philanthropy in the Trump Era
“To be the aspirational leader-in-chief and deliver on his promise to lift the poor and working class into the middle-class ranks, President-elect Trump must demonstrate that he shares the values that are at the core of American philanthropy."

Surdna Foundation President Phillip Henderson: Election Reflections

"The tenor of the presidential election reflects real pain, anger and division in the United States, and we must address that reality as we move forward."