Mass protest mobilizations play a critical role in creating the necessary conditions for cultural and political change. When grantmakers and major donors fail to appreciate how they work, they are missing a huge opportunity.
Advocacy Innovative ways to influence public policy
Framing the opioid epidemic as a crisis and an individual problem obscures the power of prevention and society’s role in promoting it.
Describing aging as “building momentum” helps people see how experience and wisdom enables older people to improve their communities.
To enact policies that reduce gun violence in the United States, advocates are flipping the script to make the conversation about saving lives rather than taking away Americans’ guns.
Funders and advocates must come together to build movements that can run successful and successive campaigns that result in good policy and grassroots power.
Will the Open Philanthropy Project’s experiment in effective altruism validate the cause or demonstrate its hubris?
Social media has made it easy for organizations to launch competitions, but too few consider how such efforts best align with their goals.
To build support for progressive immigration reform in the United States, advocates must turn away from “us versus them” framing, and toward language that emphasizes shared humanity, collective prosperity, and the country’s distinct identity as a “nation of immigrants.”
In the shift from #MeToo to Time’s Up, movement leaders are strategically framing sexual violence as a social and cultural problem, rather than an individual problem. Doing so helps people think about the broad range of actions we can take to systemically prevent sexual violence.
Effective communication is not simply about getting your message out. It requires you to strategically tap into what shapes people’s feelings and values. Here we share five principles pulled from social science that will help you connect your work to what people care most about.
It’s time for activists and organizations to adopt a more strategic approach to public interest communications.
Since 1970, more than 200,000 nonprofits have opened in the U.S., but only 144 have reached $50 million in annual revenue. They got big by doing two things: They raised the bulk of their money from a single type of funder. And just as importantly, these nonprofits created professional organizations that were tailored to the needs of their primary funding sources.
Conventional wisdom says that scaling social innovation starts with strengthening internal management capabilities. This study of 12 high-impact nonprofits, however, shows that real social change happens when organizations go outside their own walls and find creative ways to enlist the help of others.
Advocates can make progress on polarized issues by finding new ways into engaging people in different perspectives, rather than trying to knock down the front door with a barrage of facts.