Breakthrough Philanthropy: Leadership to Move Policy

Talking political gridlock, effective nonprofit advocacy, and the role of funders. Highlights from a webinar from AFJ and NCRP featuring Larry Kramer of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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  1. AFJ President Nan Aron spoke about advocacy to amplify community voices as she opened this week’s webinar discussion on “Breakthrough Philanthropy: Providing Leadership to Move Policy.” : “Titanic battles are being fought in D.C. and state legislatures over the future of our country. It’s up to all of us to make sure that not just the voices of the wealthy and powerful are heard from, but that all of our voices are heard.”

    Joining Aron were Larry Kramer of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Aaron Dorfman of the National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy, and AFJ’s own Abby Levine.

    Kramer explained how foundations depend on a rational political process to pick up the great idea being funded and implement it.  Over the past 30 or 40 years, however, the political system has changed such that evidence alone is not enough. There is a responsibility to do more --- if funders believe in the issues they are supporting and want to see change actually happen.



  2. NCRP's Aaron Dorfman shared the findings from the landmark study "Leveraging Impact with Limited Dollars" showing the amazing return on investment on advocacy grantmaking.  
  3. Concurrent Session - Leverage: How Community Foundations are Seeing Impressive Results by Funding Advocacy
    Concurrent Session - Leverage: How Community Foundations are Seeing Impressive Results by Funding Advocacy
  4.  Find a sortable and searchable directory of wins from NCRP

    Abby Levine of AFJ's Bolder Advocacy initiative reviews the rules for foundations funding advocacy, including lobbying.

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