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
IssueLab Special Collection: Multiparty Advocacy
For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. “Sticking points”, like conflicts over decision-making power or competition for resources, can derail advocacy-focused efforts and make even the most earnest collaborator wary.
Given the current conversation around philanthropy’s role in funding advocacy and social change movements, working through these “sticking points” may prove to be more important than ever.
This collection brings together 40+ reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts; providing valuable perspective on both the sticking points and how we might move through them. The collection is a complement to forthcoming resources on the same topic from our sister site, GrantCraft.