2022 Public Policy Summit - Agenda


The agenda is subject to change. All times listed are in Eastern time.

Tuesday, November 15

12-12:15 p.m.

Opening and Welcome Remarks

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Keynote: Midterm Election Analysis

This year’s midterm elections have been contentious from the start, and control of both chambers of Congress is at stake. In this opening keynote, a political analyst will demystify the Congressional landscape heading into 2023: hear what happened during the midterms, why, and what it means broadly for the U.S.

12:45-1:15 p.m.

Panel: How the Midterm Elections Could Impact Your Work

Join a discussion of the midterm election results and their implications for philanthropy. Come to this session to learn which policies you can expect the new Congress to prioritize; plus, Council lobbyists Ken Kies, Managing Director of the Federal Policy Group, and Arshi Siddiqui, Partner at Akin Gump, will share analysis about how the new Congress could impact your work.

1:15-1:30 p.m.


1:30-3:00 p.m.

Keynote: Building Common Ground

Growing social divisions and polarization have challenged U.S. philanthropy to deepen bridge-building work. This interactive session, led by the Better Arguments Project, will help you learn how to bridge divides—not by papering over them, but by learning how to build common ground through understanding historical context, developing emotional intelligence, and recognizing power. The Better Arguments Project is a collaboration by the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Allstate Corporation.

3:00-3:30 p.m.


3:30-4:15 p.m.

Panel: Civic Engagement in the Wake of the Midterm Elections

Expanding voter bases and widening the spectrum of civic participation is essential to building common ground and advancing equity. Join a conversation with experts on civic engagement and voter participation in communities of color, as well as opportunities for philanthropy to improve civic engagement in future elections.

4:15-5:00 p.m.

The Administration’s Domestic Policy After the Midterm Elections

Join us to explore the Biden Administration’s domestic policy agenda and how it could change in the wake of the midterm elections. With members of the Administration, we’ll delve into possible collaboration opportunities between the charitable sector and the federal government.

Wednesday, November 16

12-12:15 p.m.

Welcome Back

12:15-1:00 p.m.

Panel: Why Foundations Should Engage in Public Policy

How can public policy and advocacy advance your foundation’s mission? Join this session to discuss strategies for leveraging public policy to advance your organization’s goals and impact. The Council’s Policy and Advocacy Training Center will be featured.

1:00-1:15 p.m.


1:15-2:15 p.m.

Concurrent: Peer Policy Roundtables

  • Building Partnerships Across Governments to Advance Economic Equity
  • How Civic Engagement Can Impact Early Childhood Development
  • Developing Advocacy Tools to Address the Mental Health Crisis

Additional roundtables will be announced as they are confirmed.

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30-3:00 p.m.

Conversations with Members of Congress

Nothing gets accomplished on the Hill without strong relationships. Foundation leaders will lead conversations with their Congressional representatives about the issues affecting the nonprofit sector and what to expect from the legislative branch in 2023.

3:00-3:45 p.m.

Panel: Exploring the Policies that Impact Philanthropy’s Ability to Thrive

With philanthropic giving reaching all-time highs just as Americans needed it most, philanthropy’s power to address both emerging and long-term needs has never been more important. While some philanthropic organizations and funds are established for a set time period, many more are created to support causes and communities for generations. Join this session to explore the intersection of public policy and perpetuity. We’ll discuss proposals that could be introduced in the next Congress as well as the Council’s work to communicate the sector’s impact and importance to federal policymakers.

3:45-4:00 p.m.


We would like to recognize and thank the members of the Council's Public Policy Advisory Committee for their support and assistance with this event.

A special thanks to our sponsors

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