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Foundation Toolkit

Investments in advocacy allow foundations to maximize their resources by working upstream to change the policies and systems that affect the issues they care about. Browse our interviews with grantmakers to learn how foundations of all sizes are using policy change as a grantmaking strategy. Visit the free, online Advocacy Capacity and Assessment Tool (ACT) we developed to address some of the challenges involved in evaluating advocacy.







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PowerCheck: Community Organizing Capacity Tool

Supporting community organizing is key to developing movements where change is needed at local, national, and all levels. PowerCheck can help you understand the skills and readiness of your grantee, identify gaps and opportunities in your funding portfolio, focus resources where most needed, and assess grantee programs in their organizations.





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Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips. Our goal is to help foundations and their grantee partners understand how advocacy and lobbying leverages their grant dollars, strengthens their missions, and helps them shape positive policy change to benefit communities.