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Build Capacity and Clout

In this article you will see how the Beldon Fund’s strategy of using capacity building grants and promoting collaboration built a strong advocacy structure. This strategy achieved positive results across both program areas, including: stronger organizations, better alliances, more sophisticated advocacy skills, greater clout, and tangible public policy outcomes likely to have a lasting impact.





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Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building

As foundations seek to catalyze broad-based social change, there is a need for greater understanding of what social movements are, how they evolve, and how foundations can support them. Movement building presents unique challenges to foundations. Because movements, by definition, must be driven by the people who are most affected, foundations cannot determine the goals and timetables of a movement. The authors identify five core elements to movement building: organizing an authentic base; leadership; vision and ideas; alliances; and advocacy infrastructure. A framework for evaluating movement building is proposed, which can help foundations identify measureable outcomes and track progress throughout Read more