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policy & advocacy

Dogwood’s purpose is to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all people and communities in the 18 counties and Qualla Boundary of Western North Carolina. While we fund projects and collaborations that focus on community equity and increase access to housing, education, economic opportunity and health & wellness, we also know that realizing our purpose requires examining the underlying causes of disparate health outcomes in our region. Such examination often reveals public policies that do not serve the people of Western North Carolina who are experiencing the most challenges to improving their health and wellbeing.

Like other foundations, Dogwood’s policy and advocacy work will utilize various strategies, one of which is grantmaking to statewide and local advocacy organizations. We fund policy education, organizing, communications, convening, coalition building, and data collection, analysis and research.

What we fund

We support organizations that are engaged in advocacy to advance public policy in Western North Carolina and on behalf of Western North Carolinians. We are open to receiving funding requests from organizations that:

As a private foundation, Dogwood is not permitted to fund lobbying activities.

For more information contact Director of Public Policy Emily Quinlan at [email protected].

Our request for proposals (RFP) from nonprofit advocacy organizations working on policy issues that align with Dogwood’s Strategic Priorities has now closed. Award notifications will be announced in July. Thanks to all those who applied.

how to apply

Want to discuss your ideas? Engage with us to start the process.

meet the
policy & advocacy team

Emily Quinlan

Director of Public Policy
[email protected]

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