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Advocacy In Action #4 - Building Grantee Capacity to do Policy Advocacy

Advocacy In Action #4 - Building Grantee Capacity to do Policy Advocacy

Event details

Monday, September 9, 2019
10:00am to 11:30am PDT

About this event


Funding structures can greatly impact how nonprofits engage in advocacy. Grantmakers can play a significant role in helping grantees build their effectiveness in the advocacy arena by helping them build specific capacities over time such as base-building, community organizing, public education, communications, and lobbying. We will discuss how foundations can partner with grantees to provide meaningful, flexible funding, such as general operating support, to engage in important advocacy work.  


  • Ankita Patel, Philanthropy Northwest 
  • Remy Trupin, Philanthropy Northwest 
  • Alejandra Tres, Latino Community Fund

    Alejandra Tres is Senior Strategist and brings her decades of advocacy, organizing, research, and leadership experience to forward LCF's community-led systemic change. Alejandra is thrilled to work alongside committed, talented, and tenacious community leaders and organizers. She believes that the best solutions are community-led solutions and that anyone, regardless of the details of their background, can be a changemaker.
  • Ryan Canney, Wellspring 

    Ryan joined Wellspring after 15 years of traditional organizing and digital campaigning on a range of progressive policies at the national and state level. Most recently, he led a program to develop culturally competent messages and campaigns on abortion access for Ultraviolet. Ryan has also helped to lead national campaigns for USAction (now a part of People’s Action) from 2007 to 2010 and's online to offline mobilization from 2010 to 2013. Ryan got his start in organizing with Midwest Academy and Citizen Action/Illinois building coalitions and training leaders on health care, education, and environmental issues. He received his M.S. and B.S. in Politics and Government from Illinois State University.


Philanthropy Northwest invites foundation staff and trustees who want to build their knowledge and capacity to fund and implement policy advocacy to join us for the second year of our virtual workshop series. This year, we will have four sessions on the fundamentals of policy advocacy and setting the stage for effective policy advocacy at your foundations. The first three sessions will focus on building your organization’s policy advocacy capacity and strategy, and the last session will focus on how you can work with grantees to support the most effective and meaningful types of investments. Each session features thought leaders and peer funders to engage and facilitate discussions on the various topics, and participants learn together in an interactive format.  

At the end of the series, funders will have the knowledge to move forward with the development and implementation of their own strategies to participate and make strategic investments in policy advocacy work. If you are unable to attend the entire series, we invite you to attend the workshops that are most relevant to you and your interest areas. 


Advocacy in Action Session 1: Policy Advocacy: Why, What, How?
March 18, 2019 10am-11:30am (Pacific) 

Advocacy in Action Session 2: Funding & Engaging in Policy Advocacy Rules and Regulations
April 22, 2019 10am-11:30am (Pacific) 

Advocacy in Action Session 3: Preparing for Impact: Defining Success and Making the Case to Boards/Trustees
July 8, 2019 10am-11:30am (Pacific)

Advocacy in Action Session 4: Building Grantee Capacity to Do Policy Advocacy Work
September 9, 2019 10am-11:30am (Pacific) 

Session attendees who want more customized information can sign up for ONE FREE HOUR of policy advocacy consulting from Philanthropy Northwest's Executive in Residence, Remy Trupin. 

If you are unable to attend this event, please feel free to register for pre-reading materials and a recording for the webinar. 


Please contact Ankita Patel, public policy and advocacy manager.