The Power of Advocacy

According to Philanthropy Australia, ‘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.’

Growing numbers of trusts and foundations believe that smart advocacy is essential to tackling the great challenges communities face. Inspired by the work of Philanthropy Australia, especially through the 2017 Philanthropy Meets Parliament summit, there is palpable energy and interest in advocacy across Australian philanthropy. The sector’s efforts in support of marriage equality in 2017 was a turning point for many funders. That was a smart investment that achieved a phenomenal result.

We are proud to have co-funded The Power of Advocacy report with the Myer Foundation which, along with the Sidney Myer Fund, has always funded across so many great causes and continues to inspire the philanthropic and community sectors.

The Power of Advocacy report is a vital resource that:

  • helps explain the rationales for funding advocacy;
  • talks about the legal aspects (and how the law is firmly on the side of funding advocacy!);
  • addresses some misconceptions; and
  • sets out some fantastic and diverse case studies, some of which involve funders gathered for today’s Roundtable.

The report is available here: The Power of Advocacy.

See more in this Philanthropy Australia video, Advocacy Update: The Power of Advocacy: