Who We Are – OLD
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that combines the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. BPC drives principled and politically viable policy solutions through the power of rigorous analysis, painstaking negotiation, and aggressive advocacy.
As the only Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. We are currently focused on health, energy, national and homeland security, the economy, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.
BPC’s experts work tirelessly to find consensus and common ground, but the effort doesn’t stop there. Bipartisan Policy Center Action (BPC Action), our (c)(4) affiliate, is committed to seeing bipartisan policy solutions enacted into law. As such, BPC Action engages in aggressive advocacy and strategic outreach to unite Republicans and Democrats on polarizing issues. As a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, BPC focuses on health, energy, national security,the economy, financial regulatory reform, housing, immigration, infrastructure, and governance.
While a healthy, civil debate among those with differing viewpoints is an essential component of our democracy, the current partisan tone in government is impeding progress. Through the Democracy Project and events like political summits and timely policy discussions, BPC is fostering an ongoing conversation about how to overcome political divides and help make our government work better.
The BPC Approach to Policy Development
Reconciling Competing Interests
BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions.
Engaged Balance, Not Objective Disinterest
BPC seeks out individuals and organizations that are deeply vested in the outcome of its policy projects. We ask that our project participants check absolutely nothing at the door and bring all their passion, political perspectives, and interests to the table. BPC believes that the fundamental strength of American democracy is unity forged amid diversity, and we endeavor to represent this pluralism in all of our policy negotiations.
BPC funding reflects the character and diversity of the organization. The majority of BPC funding comes from charitable philanthropies. The remainder of BPC’s support comes from individual donors and corporate donors (a list of BPC donors can be found in our latest annual report). BPC believes that all of its donors as well as its project members have interests. A strength of BPC’s consensus-based negotiation process is that no single interest can unduly influence consensus outcomes.
In today’s polarized environment, some on the right will inevitably take issue with BPC’s philanthropic funders while some on the left will question BPC’s corporate support. We welcome substantive questions and critique of BPC analysis and proposals and encourage all reviewers to assess the diversity, expertise, and character of our project participants.
Conflict of Interest Policy
All BPC employees must comply with the organization’s Conflicts of Interest Policies. BPC Board members and senior staff annually submit a conflicts of interest disclosure form. View the form here.