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CNJG Fall 2022 Advocacy Series for Funders: Evaluating and Strengthening Advocacy Capacity from a Funders Perspective

CNJG Fall 2022 Advocacy Series for Funders: Evaluating and Strengthening Advocacy Capacity from a Funders Perspective

Thursday, November 17, 2022 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm EST
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In partnership with the Grunin Foundation, CNJG presents the Fall 2022 Advocacy Series for Funders featuring Bolder Advocacy, a program of the Alliance for Justice.

One of the most effective and important tools nonprofit partners have in their toolbox is advocacy. However, there is often a misconception among many private foundations that they cannot or should not fund advocacy and policy related work, which limits grantees’ ability and impact. The Fall 2022 Advocacy Series for Funders will explore exactly how and why grantmakers can and should support advocacy.

For foundation and nonprofits engaged in advocacy and community organizing, having a keen understanding of organizational capacities is crucial to being able to act quickly when opportunities arise. Bolder Advocacy’s capacity assessment tools – ACT!, ACT!Quick, and PowerCheck – are designed to help groups become more effective by supporting their ability to carry out and sustain advocacy and community organizing efforts. These tools provide groups with a snapshot of their organizational assets, as well as help them prioritize areas for improvement. Results can help nonprofits and their funders understand where capacity needs to be strengthened to achieve social change goals, including through increased collaboration with partners to fill gaps in expertise. The tools can also be used again at regular intervals to track progress toward capacity-building goals over time.

Bolder Advocacy, a program of the Alliance for Justice, is the leading trainer when it comes to helping foundations understand the dos and don’ts of supporting advocacy and public policy efforts. Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so. Advocacy can play a crucial role in a foundation’s stated mission. As government at all levels are considering policy that impact our communities, foundations and their grantees need to be engaged.

New Jersey Center for Nonprofits President and CEO Linda Czipo will join the session as our special guest. She’ll be available to answer your NJ-focused questions during Q & A.

Tim Mooney, Senior Counsel
Tim Mooney is the Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. He provides one-on-one technical assistance for nonprofit advocates, teaches nonprofit and election law workshops and writes on these issues for Bolder Advocacy publications.

Shannon Williams, Director of Bolder Advocacy Operations and Evaluation
Shannon Williams is the Director of Bolder Advocacy Operations and Evaluation. In her role, she works collaboratively across the organization to ensure continuity of day-to-day programmatic operations and guide sustainable program growth.

Cost: Free for CNJG Members; $50 for Non Member Grantmakers
This program is only open to staff and trustees from grantmaking organizations.

Thank you to the Grunin Foundation for sponsoring this series.

Focus on Foundations - Bolder Advocacy gives foundations and their grantees the tools and the confidence to advocate effectively. Foundations and nonprofits turn to us when navigating complex rules governing advocacy, and we work every day to protect and expand the rights of nonprofits and foundations to advocate. Bolder Advocacy can equip your foundation’s staff and trustees with the information and strategies they need to better leverage critical dollars, expertise, and people.

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