Funding advocacy


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A quick shout out about Philanthropy Australia’s recent publication – The Power of Advocacy: Making the Case for Philanthropic Support for Advocacy.

Published in February, this handy guide reiterates the case for philanthropic organisations’ ability to be active in the advocacy space since the AidWatch decision in 2010 and the new definitions provided in the Charities Act (2013).

The report 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”.

Ozphilanthropy wrote about funding advocacy back in 2014, so it is great to see that Philanthropy Australia has now developed an easy to access reference which draws on some of the earlier work in this area, especially that undertaken by the Reichstein Foundation.

Congratulations to Krystian Seibert for this piece.

D’oh – I pressed publish too soon – just found the best quote in favour of advocacy in philanthropy  – “it is essential to recognise that philanthropy is inherently political and value-laden. While charity focuses on addressing the symptoms of a problem,  philanthropy tries to address root causes and advocates for policy and social change“.  This is in a chapter by Tobias Jung and Jenny Harrow entitled Providing Foundations: pilanthropy, global policy and administration in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Global Public Policy and Transnational Administration (edited by Stone & Moloney).


PS: ozphilanthropy’s author is currently enrolled in a PhD as a provisional candidate at Swinburne supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

About ozphilanthropy

#Philanthropy. #arts Posts by Sharon Nathani, PhD candidate at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne focussing on philanthropic funders of the arts. Sharon's study is supported through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.
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