Investing in advocacy and community organizing work is critical for catalyzing important social change, but it can be challenging to identify strengths and gaps in groups’ readiness for doing this work, and to evaluate effectiveness.

In order to maximize your grantmaking and support appropriate capacity building and evaluation for the organizations you fund, Bolder Advocacy provides the following funder resources. Click on a heading below to expand and view resources:


Capacity Assessment Tools: All Foundations

The Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT), International ACT (IACT), PowerCheck: Community Organizing Capacity Tool, and Resources for Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO) are powerful tools for foundations that want to understand and evaluate the skills and readiness of their grantees, identify gaps and opportunities in their own advocacy portfolios, and focus resources where they matter most.

Free Online Tools

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With our free capacity assessment and evaluation tools, foundations can make the most of their advocacy investments. Call us today at 202-464-7390 or email [email protected] to learn how you can use our tools to assess your overall advocacy portfolio and support your grantees in improving their advocacy readiness.

Click here to request a training on the capacity-building and assessment tools.


Evaluation Resources for Advocacy and Community Organizing: All Foundations

tape measureEvaluation plays a critical role in assessing progress and in determining how your foundation and your grantees are meeting advocacy and community organizing goals—and it has multiple uses! All partners can use evaluation results to identify and apply lessons learned. And, developing realistic long-term and incremental measures of success and progress early on contributes to better planning. With Bolder Advocacy checklists, templates, articles, and resources, foundations can maximize the power of their advocacy investments through planning and evaluation.

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