The Dual Role of Foundations and Grantees in Catalyzing Change Through Advocacy
Monday, November 2, 2015: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Philanthropic organizations have long fostered social change through grants
targeted at specific causes that fall within their mission. Public Health
philanthropies partner with the legal, policy and advocacy sectors to shape, create and influence a healthy society. Foundations of all sizes can play an important role in educating grantees about their ability to catalyze system change. Foundations with small staffs, in particular, possess unique capacities to catalyze systemic change through their grantees – they are grounded in their communities, highly engaged, and can mobilize readily thanks to their ‘legs on the ground’. Non-profit grantee trustees are likewise highly engaged in the local community, and can provide the necessary gravitas and leverage when advocating with local and state legislators. A passionate and engaged public health foundation, in partnership with its grantees, can get deeply involved in a local issue, dedicating grants, time and skills while accumulating a large amount of knowledge on the issue. As the foundation listens and learns, it builds relationships, connects the dots, and develops a community vision for change which it may implement through its grantee network. The purpose of the session is to demonstrate how public health foundations can educate and thus empower their grantees to catalyze change through advocacy, and then subsequently work in partnership with their grantees to bring about that change.
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Organized by: APHA
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)