Many foundations face hurdles in creating advocacy agendas whether it be convincing a board of directors, finding the time and resources, or seeking funds from grantmakers. Chynna A. Phillips, senior director of policy and research at Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, and Melissa Levesque, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Coastal Community Foundation, spoke with Blackbaud’s Sally Ehrenfreid, government relations lead about implementing advocacy in foundations and their respective journeys.
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“Boards decide how fast you’re going to move as an organization.”
“We had our grantmaking and community leadership committee really own sort of the nuts and bolts of developing our advocacy agenda.”
“A great grant proposal is really just exceptional storytelling that matches a need for financial support.”
“Stay connected to your ‘Why?’, build trust with your community leaders, and have honest conversation.”