Heather Burke

Philanthropy Must Reads: A Look Back at April

Read these highlights from the past month in philanthropy, including:
-The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new report on state trends in child well-being
-Ford Foundation president Darren Walker’s discussion of their consistent mission of funding charitable organizations
-An Insight News investigation of how foundations have been investing in black-led organizations
-How foundations across the country are preparing for the 2018 election season


Building Advocacy: Put Some Money on the Tortoise in the Race

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Strengthening a nonprofit’s capacity to influence public policy is a long-term investment, but one that is extremely effective. Despite being a common refrain, those studying nonprofits and their funding partners keep emphasizing how important it is to do more to build advocacy capacity, even for social change leaders.

Bolder Advocacy

Foundations Funding Advocacy, Play by Play

Have you ever heard a foundation staff member, trustee or consultant warn of the risky waters for funding lobbying? I’ve heard this numerous times, which is why I’m excited about an excellent new resource to recommend to advocacy skeptics on what is allowed in clear, easily digestible language: the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative’s Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook.


What Funders Should Know in Order to Help Strengthen Grantees’ Advocacy

It’s great for our democracy that many foundations are delving more deeply into strengthening their grantees’ advocacy capacity, convening, and of course, making grantmaking decisions which support advocacy. Knowing what grantees say they need in order to be effective voices for their constituents can help inform these foundation activities. Our 2015 ACT Data & Analysis can provide some of that information. This report provides results from the first 280 users of Bolder Advocacy’s online version of the self-assessment Advocacy Capacity Tool.

Bolder Advocacy

Why Advocacy? Talking Points for Nonprofits and Foundations

Advocacy is an important tool to help an organization advance its mission. You know that and we know that, but perhaps you need some help convincing colleagues or board members that engaging in advocacy is essential for your organization. Well, you’re in luck! Click for a fact sheet and video on the benefit of engaging in advocacy…