Canadian foundations typically don’t think of themselves as public policy players. Perhaps this is because policy work is viewed as falling in the realm of “political” activity. But in fact, whether they state it explicitly or not, foundations today are playing a wide range of important roles in the public policy process. Public policy making has many stages, and funders can engage at any point in the process, from funding research all the way to evaluating policy. Because foundations are independent, they are uniquely positioned to engage without partisanship.

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