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The Essentials of Policy Advocacy for Grantmakers course will help foundation staff use their resources effectively to advance public policies that support the greater good. Rather than focusing on what policies foundations should address, this training will focus on how to engage in policy advocacy to advance your goals. This training is designed for private foundations staff with a basic understanding of policy, but it is also applicable for staff at all experience levels whose work touches policy advocacy.
Led by Council on Foundations staff and philanthropic leaders, this training will address policy advocacy strategies that support racial equity and effective practices. Participants will gain helpful tools and resources, network with peers developing and implementing their foundation’s advocacy strategy and create a summary action plan to guide their next steps.
- Thursday, October 6: 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET
- Friday, October 7: 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Participants will explore the following during the course:
The Big Picture
Why engaging in policy advocacy is essential for foundations to achieve their goals
A refresher on legal rules governing grantmaker funding and actions
Inside the Foundation: Understanding staff roles and how to build internal support
Building understanding and support across the foundation for policy advocacy engagement
How different staff roles across the foundation can support advocacy
Characteristics of grantmaking that support effective policy advocacy
Outside the Foundation: Working with others to advance policy
Using all a foundation’s assets to advance policy
Funding vehicles that support effective policy advocacy
Building an effective relationship with nonprofit partners and grantees to advance advocacy
Appropriate evaluations of partner contributions
Real-life Challenges and Action Planning
Explore current challenges with fellow participants in peer breakout groups
Who should take this training?
Private foundation staff with a basic understanding of policy work.
Foundation staff of all experience levels that incorporate policy advocacy into their work - such as those in leadership, communications, grants management or strategic planning.
Please note, this course is limited to foundation staff and Board members only.