Advocacy and family philanthropy: Leveraging limited dollars for impact

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 09:00 AM until 10:30 AM EST
90 minutes


Who should attend

Board members, CEOs, consultants, and infrastructure groups that are interested in learning more about the power of advocacy to enhance philanthropic grantmaking.


New research from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy shows that family foundations are a leading source of support for nonprofits active in policy advocacy and civic engagement. Why do family foundations choose to invest in these strategies to advance their mission? What kinds of impacts are they achieving, and how do they measure success? What legal parameters guide their advocacy grantmaking? Find out by tuning into this timely and important webinar!

Featured presenters include:

  • NCRP’s Executive Director, Aaron Dorfman, will share findings from three years of research in 13 states on the return-on-investment of foundation-funded policy advocacy benefiting underserved communities.
  • Abby Levine, Legal Director of Advocacy Programs at the Alliance for Justice will talk about the legal rules governing advocacy grantmaking and resources for foundations that want to learn more.
  • Family foundation leaders will share their own stories of impact and describe how their trustees came to embrace these strategies.

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What participants said:

"This webinar covered three key areas of interest -- the rules, what advocacy can do, and personal insight from a trustee on how to keep board engaged."


"I really liked hearing about the nuances regarding lobbying. I also liked how you carved out time to have foundations speak about their experiences....theory/practice mix was great."

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