New Book: Power in Policy: A Funder’s Guide to Advoacy and Civic Participation

Posted by on October 27, 2008

Power in Policy: A Funder’s Guide to Advoacy and Civic Participation
Edited by David F. Arons

Why should funders try to shape public policy? Simply put, because public policy has impact on mission. And, it’s the only way to affect the laws that determine how people will be treated, what services will be provided, and what behaviors are acceptable.

But what role should foundations play? Power in Policy, written primarily by foundation practitioners for foundations, is the first book that:

* Makes a strong case for why advocacy and civic participation are fundamental roles for foundations
* Shares insights, lessons, and perspectives from foundation leaders and legal and philanthropic experts on how to engage in, talk about, and incorporate advocacy into philanthropy—and the nature of their role in the policymaking arena
* Answers frequently asked questions including, “How does my foundation assess various risks?” “How do we organizationally prepare for public policy work, and develop partnerships and advocacy strategies?”
* Gives rich case stories of how private and community foundations—including large and small foundations—are meeting their missions through public policy and civic activity
* Presents clearly and concisely key policy principles, legal rules, and evaluation methods
* Provides a toolkit for foundations to develop the capacity to engage in advocacy at their own speed and resource level

CCPH members receive a 15% discount when ordering this publication and all Fieldstone Alliance publications through the CCPH website!

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