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Topic: “Advocacy”

Advocating For State-Level Systems Changes: Policy Work By a Small Foundation

Leanly staffed family foundations can punch well above their weight, working with other funders and grantees to change systems. Over the past seven years, the Thornburg Foundation has experienced this firsthand. Given the depth of the challenges facing the state of New Mexico, systemic change is particularly important to our board chair and founder, Garrett... Read More

Why Our Foundation Created Oklahoma’s First Legislative Caucus on Early Childhood

In 2016, the Potts Family Foundation created a statewide collaborative called the Oklahoma Early Childhood Initiative, later dubbed OK25by25. Our stated goal is to move Oklahoma into the top 25 of all states by 2025 in key early childhood metrics. Our key demographic is families with children, pre-birth to five. Through listening sessions with key... Read More

Advocacy Field Guide
for Lean Funders

How Small and Place-Based Foundations and Donors Can Make Big Change With Little Money Funders with few or no staff are perfectly positioned to fund and engage in advocacy. Smaller funders have deep ties to their communities, can act quickly to respond to emerging opportunities, and can focus in a laser-like way. Donors and trustees... Read More

Small Funders Are Perfectly Positioned To Be Advocates

Some of the most effective foundations engaged in policy and advocacy in the United States are small, place-based foundations. By focusing deeply, developing insight into their issue, leveraging their reputation and relationships, and working with persistence, these funders are achieving extraordinary impact and a high return on their investment. Our Advocacy Field Guide for Lean... Read More

Webinar Recording
Advocacy by Small Foundations

Many funders are tired of applying bandages. They are looking for ways to address issues at their core and make deeper, longer-lasting change. Small foundations are perfectly positioned to catalyze change by funding and engaging in advocacy. Discover the many powerful ways you can play needed roles such as convening, capacity building, commissioning research, and... Read More