Budget Working Group

The Budget Working Group is a joint affinity group effort formed in March 2016 that brings together funders from the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Peace and Security Funders Group, and Funders' Committee for Civic Participation's Money in Politics Working Group who are interested in exploring the unequal dynamics of wealth, power and influence in America through the lens of the federal budget. The goal is to enrich grantmaking strategies and connect learning across grant-making silos by thinking more deeply together about how the projects our members fund intersect with discussions around spending priorities and the federal budget.

The Budget Working Group maintains listserv and will host a series of webinars in 2016 to facilitate information-sharing and learning. For more information, or to join the Budget Working group listserv, email csiegel@gistfunders.org.

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Log onto the Members area of this web site to access recording links and related webinar materials. Forgot your username and password? Email csiegel@gistfunders.org.

Power, Money, and the Pentagon 
BWG Webinar 
September 29, 2016 | 1-2pm ET

This webinar explored how the Pentagon budget connects to both money in politics and the economic security of low-income families and answered critical questions, including: 

  • How does the Pentagon budget connect to work on poverty and economic opportunity and to support for low-wage workers (e.g., workers’ rights, paid leave)? 
  • Given that Congress is “stuck” and D.C. is polarized, why even engage on a national or federal level? Are there things we can realistically accomplish? 
  • From a funder’s perspective, what are some lessons learned – and challenges – from work at this cross-section? What do other funders need to know before entering this space? 

Speakers: 

  • Dini Merz, Director, Proteus Fund / Colombe Foundation (Moderator) 
  • Nora Ranney, Executive Director, National Priorities Project 
  • Darcy Scott, Director, Pentagon Budget Campaign 

Government Spending Priorities: Shaping the Conversation
BWG Webinar
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uly 6, 2016 * 1-2pm ET

This webinar shared results from several new research studies focused on connecting federal budget issues to the American public. Communications experts shared key findings and explored connections on new communications approaches that build support for increasing revenue and tax reform, reducing Pentagon spending, and mitigating the influence of money in politics.

Speakers:

Pre-Conference Session: Collaborating Around Budget Issues 
PSFG/FCCP/GIST Meeting
February 29, 2016

The Peace and Security Funders Group, the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, and the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce co-hosted this session to explore opportunities for developing an informal cross-funder, cross-issue group. Looking through the lens of federal budget priorities, this group would share information about grantmaking/grantees working on the unequal dynamics of wealth, power and influence in America. The goal is to enrich grantmaking strategies and connect learning across grant-making silos.

Opportunities for Stronger Collaboration Around Budget Issues
PSFG/FCCP/GIST Webinar
December 17, 2015 * 2:00-3:00pm ET 

What do the corporatization of our democracy, the economic well being of low-income families, and militarism all have in common? We’ve heard from funders across all three of our affinity groups that there is a potential interest in thinking more deeply together about how the projects our members fund intersect with discussions around spending priorities and the federal budget. This conversation provided a space to learn more from each other and discuss reasons an informal collaboration around budget issues might be mutually-beneficial to our grantees and across all our issues.