Public Policy Public Policy

The Wright Family Foundation supports public policy advocacy among philanthropic organizations. Collectively we can influence critical issues by providing accurate and well-timed information; by leveraging our resources and convening the best minds to bring ideas to impact and solve issues that affect all Americans. Through capacity building, relationship building and strategic communications we should be fostering robust debate on policy issues to bridge differences and arrive at workable solutions using research to bolster the conversations.

On this page we will share some of the concrete ways we are engaged in the public policy arena.

The Policy Arena

See the article published in PhilanthroFiles (Exponent Philanthropy) My Family’s Foundation Entered the Policy Arena, and We Are Not Looking Back

Children Having Children in Texas

To raise public awareness and engage policymakers on the critical issue of child pregnancy in Texas, the Wright Family Foundation partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health to research the number of children giving birth in Texas annually.

Read the research report (PDF File): HERE

Recently, an op-ed was published in TribTalk, a publication of The Texas Tribune “The Problem of Children Having Children” by Katherine Wright, Executive Director-Austin

“The problem may seem insurmountable. It is not. Small, thoughtful steps can be taken. Texans can work together to ensure that young children are protected from the abuse or neglect that results in a pregnancy. Lawmakers can support policies that prepare teachers to recognize and report sexual abuse and to better teach children “self-protection” skills. Texas should take the lead in eliminating childhood sexual assault trauma, child pregnancies, and their resulting costs to families, communities, taxpayers, and the state.”

Read the full op-ed: “The Problem of Children Having Children”

Letters of Support on Critical Policy Issues

As a member of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) we support its decision to sign on to two important national public statements on issues that we agree need to be elevated both locally and nationally.

  • National Council of Nonprofits Community’ support of the Johnson Amendment: Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship.

“…strongly oppose proposals that would politicize the charitable nonprofit and philanthropic community by repealing or weakening current federal tax law protections that prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations from endorsing, opposing, or contributing to political candidates. Nonpartisanship is a cornerstone principle that has strengthened the public’s trust of the charitable community.”

To read the full community letter go to: Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship

  • The national affinity group, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees’ Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

“Our foundations support diverse issues, strategies, and communities across the country, but we are united in the belief that immigrants and refugees are integral to every aspect of our society.”

Read the full statement: Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration



Children Having Children in Texas - Raising Awareness

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