Advocacy in an Election Year: A Workshop for Funders

Tue, February 23, 2016,
9:00am to 10:30am PST
Seattle + Webinar/Conference Call
Philanthropy Northwest, 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 650, Seattle

Election years provide an important opportunity to influence the agendas of our policymakers by educating candidates about issues that affect your mission and community. When individuals are campaigning, there are a number of ways funders can raise awareness and act to support issues that are important to them and their work.

Advocacy can be a powerful tool that foundations — and their grantees — can use to advance their missions. Not sure whether or how to make the case for funding advocacy? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue? 

Join Philanthropy Northwest and Alliance for Justice, the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, for a workshop about advocacy considerations for funders. Isaiah Castilla, Counsel at Alliance for Justice, will be available after the workshop to meet with you one-on-one to answer additional legal advocacy and grantmaking questions. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail Isaiah at

Who Should Attend?

Foundation and family office trustees and staff interested in increasing their impact — and that of their nonprofit partners — regardless of their previous experience in advocacy.

Based in Washington, D.C., Alliance for Justice provides information, resources and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process.

  • Date: February 23
  • Time: 9:00-10:30 am
  • Location: Philanthropy Northwest | 2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 650 Seattle, WA 98117. The program will also be broadcasted live via WebEx. WebEx information provided upon registration.
  • Registration is required.  Please login first.

More about Isaiah Castilla

Isaiah Castilla serves as Advocacy Programs Counsel at the Alliance for Justice.  Prior to joining AFJ, Isaiah was founding member of The Castilla Law Group, P.L.L.C.  In his practice, Isaiah managed a caseload of both civil and criminal matters, in addition to working with non-profits on political advocacy and development.  Before practicing law, he served as Deputy Finance Director for the Musgrove for United States Senate Campaign, North and Central Regional Finance Director for the Alex Sink for Governor Campaign in Florida, and Finance Director and Counsel for the Bill Luckett for Governor Campaign and Progress for Mississippi PAC. During his tenure as a finance staffer, Isaiah built and executed robust fundraising plans and gained a wealth of knowledge in state and federal campaign finance law. 

As a law student, Isaiah was a clerk for the Mississippi Attorney General’s office at the Department of Transportation and an extern to Associate Justice Jess Dickinson of the Mississippi Supreme Court.  He was also a member of the Moot Court Board and was recognized by the National Black Law Student’s Association as the Thurgood Marshall Southern Region Best Advocate.  

If you have any questions, please contact Gloris Estrella.