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Apply to the FPI Class of 2020

At the Women’s Foundation of California, we believe policy advocacy is one of the most effective ways to advance justice and equity, and that strategic philanthropic support is essential to that process.

Now in its fourth year, the Funders Policy Institute, formerly the Philanthropy and Public Policy Institute, exists to more meaningfully connect policy advocacy and philanthropy. The Funders Policy Institute (FPI) is a hands-on, immersive program focused on capacity building and network facilitation. Participants engage with and learn directly from policymakers and advocates while connecting with other philanthropists who share a deep committed to effective, policy-based grantmaking.

Imagine the kind of transformative change we could achieve if every funder and philanthropic organization adopted an advocacy lens to giving.

Over the course of the three day training, participants will learn:

  • Best-practices to support policy advocacy
  • Investment strategies that bolster policy change
  • Lobbying and advocacy rules for foundations and nonprofits
  • Partnership approaches with community advocates

All FPI participants attend the Women’s Policy Institute Legislative Reception on May 6th. Held this year at The California Museum, this highly anticipated event celebrates the accomplishments of WPI fellows and gender justice champions across the state. As part of the FPI experience, the reception offers a dynamic opportunity to connect with some of California’s leading legislators and community advocates.

Previous reception honorees have included State Senator Connie Leyva, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Alicia Garza, and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Important Dates

  • Application opens: January 21, 2020
  • Application closes: March 6, 2020
  • Institute Dates: May 5-8, 2020 in Sacramento


State Public Policy 101
How a Bill Becomes a Law

The Impact of Politics
on State & County Policy

County Public Policy 101
Duties, Authorities & Responsibilities
of CA Counties

Persuasive Speaking:
Making the Case for Policy

Lobbying Rules for
Nonprofits & Foundations

Evaluating Public Policy
Advocacy Funding



The application window closes March 6th. The Institute takes place May 5-8, 2020 in Sacramento, CA.


Tuition for the Funders Policy Institute includes all educational materials and meals and excludes travel and lodging.

Tuition is based on a sliding scale:

  • $2,500: Annual grantmaking under $5M
  • $3,500: Annual grantmaking from $5M – $9,999,999
  • $4,500: Annual grantmaking from $10M – $24,999,999
  • $5,500: Annual grantmaking of $25M or more


The Funders Policy Institute (formerly PPI) is made possible thanks to partnerships with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Justice Funders, Pacific Foundation Services, Philanthropy California.