Tell me if this sounds familiar: Strengthening a nonprofit’s capacity to influence public policy is a long-term investment, but one that is extremely effective. Despite being a common refrain, those studying nonprofits and their funding partners keep emphasizing how important it is to do more to build advocacy capacity, even for social change leaders.
It’s great for our democracy that many foundations are delving more deeply into strengthening their grantees’ advocacy capacity, convening, and of course, making grantmaking decisions which support advocacy. Knowing what grantees say they need in order to be effective voices for their constituents can help inform these foundation activities. Our 2015 ACT Data & Analysis can provide some of that information. This report provides results from the first 280 users of Bolder Advocacy’s online version of the self-assessment Advocacy Capacity Tool.
Is your advocacy campaign considering all available avenues to create policy change? Take a look at how paid family medical leave nonprofit advocates on the national, state, and local levels are using multiple public policy advocacy tactics.
What can funders do to strengthen their grantees’ strategies for advocacy effectiveness? Check out our Funder Checklist #2 to see what three steps funders can take!
Successful advocacy is a lot like a puzzle. Advocates need to make sure they have all of the pieces of their plan in place, that they fit together, and that they allow for flexibility to adapt strategies as needed. Check our first piece in a five-part series for funders that breaks advocacy into 18 specific steps.
Would you feel bolder if you had 72,000 others along with you to advocate for your cause? Well, we have good news for you. CalNonprofits first-ever economic impact report shows that nonprofit sector is strong! Read about some of its findings…
The 2014 elections are over and most of us have considered how the results might affect our issue agendas. The political landscape has changed and now is a time of opportunity no matter how you view the election results.
We have learned from hundreds of Bolder Advocacy’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) users how filling out the multiple choice tool leads to action and organizational growth. Read about how organizations are using this tool.
Community organizing can be a complex process. To assess an organization’s power and sustainability, it’s important to understand its readiness to engage and empower constituents. Bolder Advocacy has a way to determine an organization’s ability to engage in organizing—PowerCheck: a tool for assessing community organizing capacity.
The Alliance for Justice West Coast office has been monitoring, and in some cases weighing in on, a number of state and local legislative and regulatory matters that affect nonprofit advocacy across California. Probably most significant was the passage of SB 27, which defines when a nonprofit spending money to influence California elections must register as a political committee, and the current development of the implementing regulations.