Nonprofits often face stiff competition from well-funded special interests as they advocate for smart public policies. Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice, helps to level the playing field by providing free tools for nonprofits to build their capacity in advocacy and organizing: moving the dial from good to great advocacy. Our online tool center helps the most sophisticated to the smallest nonprofits—focused in education, health, environment and a host of other important issues—to evaluate their advocacy and organizing and find opportunities to do better. Bolder Advocacy is an expert ally—helping nonprofits advocate more strategically and more effectively and reach their important social goals.
Community organizing can be a complex process. To be successful, it’s important to prepare for success by understanding an organization’s readiness to engage and empower constituents. PowerCheck is a brand new, free tool available from Bolder Advocacy that makes it easy for nonprofits, evaluators, and funders to assess capacity to engage in community organizing, plan successfully, and track organizational capacity building progress over time. PowerCheck can help organizers—from the most sophisticated to beginners—better prepare for catalyzing community organizing efforts.
Advocacy is challenging to evaluate and measure. Evaluation plays a critical role in the assessment of progress and determining if and when your organization is meeting your advocacy goals. It also helps to develop realistic long-term and incremental measures of advocacy success and progress, allowing you to identify and apply lessons learned. AFJ developed the free, online Advocacy Capacity and Assessment Tool (ACT) and International Advocacy Capacity Tool (IACT) to address some of the challenges involved in evaluating advocacy.
Community organizing can be a complex process. To be successful, it’s important to prepare for success—by understanding an organization’s readiness to engage and empower constituents and having access to appropriate organizing evaluation resources. AFJ developed the free, online PowerCheck tool for assessing capacity and the compendium of Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO) to address some of the challenges involved in evaluating community organizing.
Our toolkits are a collection of resources—from Alliance for Justice and other organizations—organized in a way to help you better understand an issue, process, or topic. We will continue to update our toolkits and create new ones as issues arise and topics take root in the national conversation.