Advocacy Series Explores the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’

Summary of Deep Dive Workshop #1

SV2 kicked off a brand new three-part Deep Dive Workshop series,”Advocacy is Everywhere” in early February with a lively and informative session facilitated by Christine Sherry, of Sherry Consulting and featuring guests Amanda Stanley, Executive Director of COMPASS Science Communications, and Rebekah Saul Butler, Co-Executive Director of The Grove Foundation. Sherry blew up the notion that advocacy is just about partisan politics, illuminating how it is directly relevant to achieving SV2’s vision of a more equitable and sustainable Bay Area community and world where everyone thrives. A wide range of Partners and other members of the broader SV2 community joined us for this big picture look at what advocacy is and isn’t, national trends regarding advocacy and philanthropy, and a closer look at how advocacy can inform, infuse, and be a key part of the work of nonprofit and grantmaking organizations.

Join us for Deep Dive Workshop #2

We are now pleased to announce the details of the second session in our three-part series, “Advocacy as a Tool.” The session will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 9:00am at SV2 (RSVP here). During this second session, we’ll dig in to learn the do’s and don’ts for social impact organizations and explore what advocacy could look like in action. We’ll also learn how advocacy can be a powerful philanthropic tool.

The session will be facilitated by Sara Matlin, of Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of the Alliance for Justice. We’ll start by outlining the legal tax related rules and regulations for non-profits. Then, through a series of case studies and practical examples, we will see how funders and organizations can come together to maximize dollars and undertake advocacy efforts that drive systems-level change. We will also examine individual action vs. collaborative action, funding the right experts, and how to determine what to do when. This will be a fast-paced and practical session – and we promise even the tax code will be engaging stuff.

Stay Tuned for More

In the the third and final session (date and time coming soon) we will focus on advocacy in our own backyard, Silicon Valley, and SV2’s specific areas of interest. By the end of the series, we hope SV2 Partners, Grantees & Impact Investees, and the broader SV2 community will be better able to evaluate whether, when, and how they want to incorporate advocacy as a social change tool in their philanthropy and work.

Join us in boosting our collective “advocacy literacy,” as we learn and explore how advocacy is at work throughout the social change ecosystem. We look forward to having you join us for one, two or all three sessions in the series. Note that all sessions will be videotaped and available to SV2 Partners, Grantees and Impact Investees via my.sv2.