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Agenda Setting: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Influencing Public Policy

Publication date: 
03/2015

Donating money to modify public thinking and government policy has now taken its place next to service-centered giving as a constructive branch of philanthropy. Many donors now view public-policy reform as a necessary adjunct to their efforts to improve lives directly. This book was written to help donors navigate the obstacles of public-policy philanthropy.

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Moving Funders in Support of Policy Work

Publication date: 
08/2014

PowerPoint slides from Richard Figueroa's "Moving Funders in Support of Policy Work" presented at the 2014 PolicyWorks Institute. This session discussed how a group of California funders are collaborating on social change as a starting point for a broader conversation on the value and ways that RAs can participate and support this kind of collaborative philanthropic effort.

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Permissible Activity During an Election Cycle

Publication date: 
06/2014

Nonprofits can and should play an active role during elections, particularly by educating and activating voters. However, with important local, state and federal elections coming up this fall, nonprofits should take the time to remind their staff about appropriate activity during a political campaign or at any other time.

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In Search of the Spark: Getting Your Members Fired Up about Policy Work

Publication date: 
07/2012

The guide is based on a premise supported by everyone we interviewed: that regional associations can and should become more intentional about building member support for policy work in order to be more effective in that work, and also, according to some, to be more effective associations generally.

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