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Is Your Advocacy Making a Difference?

If you run an advocacy campaign, you definitely have ideas about the ways it’s making progress. You can see the stumbling blocks, and you may be able to point to dramatic and obvious success. If you are documenting and reflecting on all this, you are also engaging in evaluation and learning—even if you don’t call it that! But along the way, chances are you have bumped up against these types of questions:


Walking the Tightrope between Sympathy and Advocacy

  • The clients of a culinary arts training program are all formerly incarcerated. It promotes itself as a “job training” program without mentioning that its clients have criminal records.
  • A legal services provider for women caught in sex trafficking helps prostitutes, without any biases about the choices they have made, but has a hard time explaining its non-judgmental stance to donors.
  • A retirement community has a foundation that raises money from residents to allow fellow residents to stay even if they have exhausted their savings. Their fundraising literature emphasizes that the fund is for people who have run into financial difficulty “through no fault of their own.

Four Foundations Launch New Course for Grantees on Understanding Advocacy and Lobbying Laws

Free, online course available on Learn Foundation Law’s redesigned website

Four leading foundations have announced the launch of a new online course to help grantees understand the laws governing their lobbying activity. The free course is designed for U.S. public charities and their equivalents who are seeking funding from a private foundation to support advocacy work. “Advocacy & Lobbying: Rules for Public Charity Grantees of Private Foundations” is available on the redesigned Learn Foundation Law website at www.learnfoundationlaw.org.


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