Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing for Real Results

Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing for Real Results

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Written by: Niki Jagpal and Kevin Laskowski

Date: November 23, 2013

In this report, NCRP urges foundations that want to see breakthroughs on issues including poverty alleviation, protecting our environment, improving our education system and other complex issues to fund cross-issue grassroots organizations as part of their overall grantmaking strategy. These organizations organize and mobilize multiple constituents and citizens to cultivate the power, leadership and relationships necessary to move the needle toward lasting solutions.

It identifies commonly perceived challenges to funding multi-issue advocacy and organizing and also offers ideas on ways that grantmakers can address these challenges.

The report includes seven practical tips for foundations that want to effectively fund multi-issue advocacy and organizing.