Focus on Foundations

When a foundation invests in advocacy, either by supporting nonprofits or engaging in advocacy itself, the value of its overall giving is multiplied exponentially. It’s important to know that foundation support for nonprofits that engage in advocacy, including lobbying and election-related activities, isn’t just legal—it’s important, powerful, and fundamental to democracy.

Whether your foundation has yet to embark on an advocacy journey or has a culture that already embraces advocacy, Bolder Advocacy can help. Bolder Advocacy gives foundations and their grantees the tools and the confidence to advocate effectively. Foundations and nonprofits turn to us when navigating complex rules governing advocacy, and we work every day to protect and expand the rights of nonprofits and foundations to advocate. Bolder Advocacy can equip your foundation’s staff and trustees with the information and strategies they need to better leverage critical dollars, expertise, and people.

Featured Resources

Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook: Leveraging Your Dollars

This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips

The Project Grant Rule Hub

Bolder Advocacy’s Project Grant Rule Hub is designed to make your advocacy grantmaking easier by providing explainer videos, guides, and budget templates to help your foundation navigate the Project Grant Rule.

16 Grantmaking Characteristics to Effectively Support Public Policy Advocacy

Created in partnership with Dr. Sara Watson, this resource outlines the sixteen characteristics of grantmaking that best supports effective policy education and advocacy.

Think Your Foundation Can’t Engage in Election Season Advocacy? Think Again.

10 actions that your foundation and its staff can take now to boost public participation in elections and ensure a representative and responsive democracy.

Advocacy by Public Foundations

On this episode of Bolder Advocacy’s Rules of the Game podcast, we dive-in to the rules public foundations need to know when advancing their missions through advocacy.

Advocacy by Private Foundations

Our Bolder Advocacy Rules of the Game podcast team discusses the do’s and don’ts of private foundation engagement in advocacy.

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