Investing in Change: Why Supporting Advocacy Makes Sense for Foundations

Investing in Change: Why Supporting Advocacy Makes Sense for Foundations

Foundations can help effect significant social change by funding advocacy efforts designed to raise awareness of specific issues and change government policy and business practices through litigation and legislation, a report from the Atlantic Philanthropies argues. According to Investing in Change: Why Supporting Advocacy Makes Sense for Foundations (20 pages, PDF), foundations increasingly are embracing advocacy as a means to assist those in need and achieve social justice, supporting campaigns ranging from tobacco regulation to death penalty reform to HIV/AIDS prevention. The report profiles foundation-funded advocacy efforts in the United States, Ireland, and South Africa, and also provides tips for effectively supporting research, community organizing, grassroots mobilization, capacity building, policy development, and voter engagement activities.