Resources

  • publication Feb 2017

    Considering Starting a 501(c)4? Case Studies

    Thinking about starting a 501(c)(4) to enable a wide range of advocacy activities, including electoral advocacy? Learn from those who've already done it.

    By Alliance for Justice

    Considering Starting a 501(c)4? Case Studies
  • insight Feb 2017

    Making Collaborative Advocacy Work

    For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. This collection from GrantCraft and IssueLab brings together dozens of reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts; providing valuable perspective on both the sticking points and how we might move through them.

    By GrantCraft and IssueLab

    Making Collaborative Advocacy Work
  • publication Nov 2016

    How Do You Measure Up? Finding Fit Between Foundations and Their Evaluation Functions

    Foundations need to think carefully about how the structure, position, focus, resources, and practices of their evaluation functions can best fit their own needs and aspirations. This Foundation Review article, based on 2015 benchmarking research, poses questions foundations can ask to assess what they need from an evaluation function, and common areas of misalignment between needs and approaches.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    How Do You Measure Up? Finding Fit Between Foundations and Their Evaluation Functions
  • publication Oct 2016

    501(c)(4) Strategy and Discussion Guide

    This guide is for individuals, organizations, and funders interested in starting 501(c)(4) organizations. It discusses the strategic questions that must be considered in determining whether, when, and for what purpose(s) to create a 501(c)(4).

    By Alliance for Justice

    501(c)(4) Strategy and Discussion Guide
  • publication Oct 2016

    Primer on Social Welfare Organizations: Using 501(c)(4) Organizations for Good

    The primer covers the big questions that advocates and funders ask, including how 501(c)(4)s are unique, what kinds of activities they can undertake, who donates to them, and what rules govern donor disclosure. Brief descriptions of real-world examples help illustrate how (c)(4)s have played key roles in advancing causes such as marriage equality and immigration reform.

    By Alliance for Justice

    Primer on Social Welfare Organizations: Using 501(c)(4) Organizations for Good
  • publication Oct 2016

    No More Half Measures

    Funders can get better at designing grantmaking strategies that meet the dual demands of advocacy capacity needs and the realities of the policy and political landscape. This brief explores how funders can support policy campaigns while also building advocacy capacity, instead of just picking one approach or the other.

    By Scott Downes

    No More Half Measures
  • insight Sep 2016

    Could Foundations Have Mounted A Better Defense of the Affordable Care Act?

    The Atlantic Philanthropies sought to explore what supportive funders did to advance the ACA’s odds of success following enactment. The author focused on a mix of national funders and those that worked in selected states, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Community Catalyst, The California Endowment and The Atlantic Philanthropies itself.

    By Michael Booth

    Could Foundations Have Mounted A Better Defense of the Affordable Care Act?
  • publication Aug 2016

    Evaluating Legal Advocacy: A How-To Guide for Evaluators, Funders and Advocates

    This brief by TCC Group introduces an evaluation framework for legal advocacy, along with information about how legal advocacy evaluators can use various approaches to evaluate these strategies.

    By Jared Raynor, Deepti Sood

    Evaluating Legal Advocacy: A How-To Guide for Evaluators, Funders and Advocates
  • publication Aug 2016

    Stepping into the Fight: A Guide for Nonprofits to Understand and Engage in Legal Advocacy

    TCC Group describes how legal advocacy can be a synergistic partner to other advocacy strategies, including legislative advocacy, grassroots mobilizing, public awareness and education, and media campaigns. The guide dives into how advocacy organizations can think about engaging in legal advocacy and look at their own readiness to engage in this work.

    By Deepti Sood, Jared Raynor

    Stepping into the Fight: A Guide for Nonprofits to Understand and Engage in Legal Advocacy
  • publication Aug 2016

    Stepping into the Fight: A Funder’s Guide for Understanding and Supporting Legal Advocacy

    This guide from TCC Group introduces funders to the concept of legal advocacy, what questions funders should ask themselves to know if the foundation is ready to fund legal advocacy, and how to best support legal advocacy.

    By Jared Raynor, Deepti Sood

    Stepping into the Fight: A Funder’s Guide for Understanding and Supporting Legal Advocacy
  • publication May 2016

    Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices: 2015 Benchmarking Data

    The result of a partnership between the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Center for Evaluation Innovation, this report offers a comprehensive look at foundation evaluation practices, based on 2015 survey data from 127 senior evaluation and program staff at foundations. 

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices: 2015 Benchmarking Data
  • insight Apr 2016

    Oh for the Love of Sticky Notes! The Changing Role of Evaluators Who Work with Foundations

    Julia Coffman, founder of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, illustrates evaluators’ changing roles in the context of her own experiences as a long-time evaluator in philanthropy. This article published on Medium examines the history of evaluation in philanthropy, and the implications of role changes for evaluator skills, expertise, and boundaries.

    By Julia Coffman

    Oh for the Love of Sticky Notes! The Changing Role of Evaluators Who Work with Foundations