HARTFORD, CT -- In the January 2018 Giving Voice blog post, CCP President Karla Fortunato reports on CCP's series of programs focused on strategies to strengthen community capacity and democracy.
This short article reviews the basics of how foundations can engage in Federal advocacy work, and gives information on when various types of grantmakers can lobby.
As more foundations and non-profits have engaged in advocacy and policy work to address public issues and effect social change, there is a growing desire to gauge the impact of investments in this area. How to evaluate the effectiveness of advocacy and policy work is an emerging question of interest within the philanthropic and non-profit audiences. Answering that question, however, has proven difficult because relatively few instructive resources exist to
help those who wish to measure progress in this area.
This Alliance for Justice (AFJ) resource is designed to help public charities comply with federal tax law by tracking their lobbying activities. The guide includes sample forms, and describes multiple options for tracking staff time, overhead expenses, and direct costs.
This investigation reveals common patterns among small family foundations that have thrived in the world of policy philanthropy. This publication spotlights efforts by four foundations, including Connecticut's William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.
This Alliance for Justice guide for foundations explains the various roles they can play in the advocacy process. Investing in Change can serve as an in-depth guide to navigating the tax code surrounding support of public charities, or a quick reference guide to answer a specific question.
The Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT) helps groups measure their readiness to engage in advocacy. Groups answer questions about their organization’s skills, knowledge, and resources for running issue campaigns, influencing legislation, or other forms of advocacy. The tool then immediately generates results. The ACT is useful for a range of nonprofits—including foundations looking for ways to support their grantees.
Alliance for Justice provides six tips for funders for evaluating advocacy grants.
Independent Sector's publication is a study that identifies five essential approaches to successful advocacy and analyzes the effectiveness of advocacy on issues facing the entire nonprofit and philanthropic sector.
Independent Sector is the leading coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America.