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What Funders Should Know in Order to Help Strengthen Grantees’ Advocacy

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.

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Piecing together a plan for successful advocacy

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.

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Assessing People Power—PowerCheck: A new tool for community organizing

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.

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Trending Away from Metrics

It’s official. The foundation world can rein in its growing focus on metrics and unnecessary types of data when evaluating nonprofit work. Congratulations to Karina Kloos and Daniela Papi for so effectively describing how requiring more numerical evaluation data can stifle nonprofit organizations’ ability to explain what’s working and what’s not working in meaningful terms.