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August 2019

Metrics as Tyranny or Metrics as “Strategic Objects”

  • Online
  • First Monday Discussion

Are metrics “strategic objects,” which foster new organizational behavior through iterative use, as Dave Karpf writes in his 2016 book Analytic Activism? Or are metrics tools of social control by one group over another, stifling innovation and strategic decision-making, as Jerry Muller writes in his 2018 book The Tyranny of Metrics? Evaluating advocacy has always been an “elusive craft,” and the relative power position of philanthropy vis-à-vis grantees, compounded by systems of structural racism, patriarchy, and capitalist exploitation, make any…

September 2019

Election Series: Navigating Effective Nonpartisan Election-year Grantmaking

  • Online
  • First Monday Discussion

Properly understood, IRS rules allow foundations —both private and public— to legally support almost every type of advocacy. Foundations have a great deal of flexibility in election-year grantmaking but it is important to know what is legal, effective and doable within your institution. Join us for an Alliance for Justice-led discussion on what effective nonpartisan election-year grantmaking can look like. This session will provide information on the dos and don’ts of funding election-related activities, as well as provide an opportunity…

November 2019

Election Series Discussion: Making it Real: The Link Between Issue Organizing, Ballot Initiatives, and Building Power

  • Online
  • Webinar, First Monday Discussion

Making it Real: The Link Between Issue Organizing, Ballot Initiatives, and Building Power When looking at our issue advocacy strategies, how can we strengthen our understanding of the link between ballot initiatives, organizing, and civic engagement in ways that result in both “winning” and building long term power?  How do efforts like early voter education lay the foundation for issue-based change to be effective?  Join us for a conversation that helps break down these interrelated approaches.  Leaders in the field will share how…

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