Over the course of two years and hundreds of interviews with foundations, advocates, evaluators, and other experts, a consistent theme emerged around the need for foundations to be more aggressive and adaptive in their support for advocacy and policy change. This theme runs through more than 20 different reports, publications, and other resources, including the below video that tells the story of the essential role legal advocacy can play in social and policy change and why that's important for funders to understand. In each case, what arises from all this research is a clear sense that grantmakers should better understand their roles in the broader advocacy ecosystem, and foundations that do engage in supporting advocacy should consider a wider range of bolder and more effective approaches.
Legal Advocacy Strategies
Toward a More Just Justice System - Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
501c4 Engagement and Understanding
Alliance for Justice
Capacity Building and Policy Campaigns
Center on Evaluation Innovation
Advocacy Funder Collaboratives
For this suite of resources, GrantCraft captured the insights and wisdom of philanthropic leaders who have participated in multi-party advocacy collaboratives, and explored both the common sticking points and signals of success for collaboration in the advocacy space.
This series of bite-sized articles is intended to make these insights and lessons easy to reference, share, and apply in whatever ways it's useful and relevant to funders' work.
IssueLab Collection: Multiparty Advocacy
For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. These kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well.
This IssueLab collection brings together more than 40 reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts; providing valuable perspective on both the sticking points and how foundations might move through them.