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.
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.
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.
Why embracing ambiguity is necessary when a funder is interested in long-term social change.
Join the Sept. 24 webinar to learn more about our free tool to assess an organization’s capacity to engage in policy work.