Funding Advocacy in Increasingly Polarized Political Times

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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As politics in the US become ever more polarized, effective policy advocacy organizations are frequently drawn into the public eye for their good work.  With increased visibility comes added scrutiny, and navigating this work can become more complicated for both funders and grantees.  This event will be a timely opportunity for funder learning and exchange about the unique challenges and opportunities involved in funding advocacy in the current political climate.  Through case examples including Planned Parenthood and Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), plus the perspectives of legal and communications experts, this event will address funder questions about how to be effective and responsible representatives of their foundations and supportive to grantees.


  • Best practices among funders for working with advocacy grantees who experience heightened public scrutiny for their work
  • Relevant legal issues surrounding funding advocacy work
  • Effective communications response strategies for advocacy organizations

A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New World Foundation, Ottinger Foundation, Public Interest ProjectsSurdna Foundation, and Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.


Welcome: Lance Lindblom, President and CEO, Nathan Cummings Foundation

Panel One

Panel Two


Designed for:

Experienced grantmakers and Senior level Foundation executives.