Today, The Philanthropy Roundtable announces an exciting new chapter in its philanthropic freedom work. The Alliance for Charitable Reform – a longtime auxiliary project designed to educate policymakers about private giving – will now come under the umbrella of the Philanthropy Roundtable’s policy and government affairs work. Sandra Swirski, who previously served as executive director of the Alliance for Charitable Reform, as well as Sara Barba and the entire ACR team, will continue their important work with the Roundtable leading coalition building activities.

Philanthropic freedom is central to the mission of The Philanthropy Roundtable – from the Public Policy Committee on our board of directors, to the newly-built Policy & Government Affairs team designed to advance our policy priorities. The Roundtable has significantly increased its presence at the federal and state levels to stop threats to philanthropic freedom and advance legislation protecting the freedom to give.

That’s why we’re proud to announce this integrated approach, which will include a new Public Policy Working Group and the annexation of another Roundtable brand, the Alliance for Charitable Excellence.

The Public Policy Working Group will be a forum to discuss public policy proposals that threaten philanthropic freedom and impact grantmaking. The group will work with Roundtable staff to advance the policy priorities of the Roundtable; facilitate relationships at the federal and state levels to advance philanthropic freedom and evaluate policy ideas and proposals for how they might impact grantmaking. 

The Public Policy Working Group will be chaired by Steve Moore, executive director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and John Tyler, a member of the Roundtable’s Board of Directors and general counsel of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

“The philanthropic freedom work that Sandra and her team have pioneered is more important than ever, and the Roundtable is responding by infusing it into everything we do,” said Elise Westhoff, president and CEO of The Philanthropy Roundtable.

For more information about The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Policy and Government Affairs work, contact the Development Team at