A broad range of choices exist for grantmakers considering an advocacy strategy, including many strategies not commonly used. The webinar will identify a list of seven important decision points which you can use to develop or reflect on your advocacy efforts. Additionally, the webinar will include the case study of federal immigration reform to illustrate the decision points.
Participants will learn about a range of advocacy strategies (drawn from the list of decision points and the case stories), think beyond the basic choices to implications and implementation, and leave with new ideas.
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More about the presenters:
Kat Athanasiades is a Senior Associate at Innovation Network. Kat joined the Innovation Network team in 2011 and leads and supports many of Innovation Network’s engagements across the evaluation spectrum. Much of Kat’s work is advocacy-related, and she is particularly attuned to evaluating advocacy efforts in ways that encourage use of evaluation results by funders and nonprofits to improve their programming—no “shelf reports”! Kat enthusiastically engages in most activities requiring hand-eye coordination, including softball and baking pies. Kat received her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, PA, and a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she focused on international economic development.
Johanna Morariu is a Director at Innovation Network. Johanna is a fierce believer in the power of the nonprofit sector to improve people’s lives, and the role of the nonprofit sector as innovator, experimenter, and advocate for effective approaches to societal challenges. In her work, she seeks to magnify the impact of her partners by providing timely, high-quality information to bolster decision making. In her more than ten years with Innovation Network, Johanna has worked with many different types of organizations, including funders, direct service organizations, and advocacy organizations. Within the field of evaluation, Johanna’s niche interests are data visualization and advocacy evaluation, particularly related to social movements. Her interests range from high tech (e.g., figuring out how to apply new tools to the evaluation of nonprofit work—and teaching nonprofits how to use the tech), to low tech (okay, mostly just pie chart humor). Johanna received her B.A. in International Relations and History from Penn State University and her M.A. in Political Science from George Mason University.
Innovation Network, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit evaluation consulting group that helps organizations answer the question “What difference are we making?” We believe that organizations that know the answer to this question have the power to make informed decisions and create lasting change in the communities they serve.