Leveraging Limited Dollars: How Grantmakers Achieve Tangible Benefits by Funding Policy and Community Engagement

by Lisa Ranghelli

Jan 18, 2012

Highlights findings from seven reports analyzing community and taxpayer benefits and other impacts of grant dollars invested in policy and civic engagement in thirteen states, successful strategies, and best practices. Includes grantmaker profiles.

  • Fostering effective coalitions takes time, resources and leadership in order to build organic, trusting relationships among participating organizations, establish common objectives, reach agreement on tactics and roles, and determine how decisions will be made and conflicts resolved
  • Funders can help level the playing ground so that grassroots organizing groups can act as equal partners with professional advocates
  • Granters can convene stakeholders, provide staff support to nascent efforts, and leverage relationships with donors
  • Granters taking on a convening role should be aware of inherent power dynamics
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