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. 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.
Below are summaries of each of the key topical areas this research covered, including legal advocacy, 501c4 engagement, policy advocacy and capacity building, policy implementation, advocacy funder collaboratives, communications support in advocacy strategies, and more.
Check out the key findings in these summaries, and click through for the full reports and publications.