Funding policy advocacy involves working to achieve change in a particular cause area by seeking to influence public policy - including laws, regulations and government practices. It can be a very effective way to address the complex social and environmental challenges we confront.
For this reason there is a growing impetus for philanthropy to fund policy advocacy, something very evident at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit in September 2017, which had a strong focus on policy advocacy.
To build on this momentum, Philanthropy Australia has produced this useful resource for philanthropic organisations interested in learning more about funding policy advocacy.
Explains what policy advocacy is
Outlines the rationale for philanthropy funding policy advocacy
Sets out the law regarding funding policy advocacy
Addresses some misconceptions, and
Presents eight case studies of philanthropy funding policy advocacy