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Ending Energy Poverty by 2030: An Analysis of the Civil Society Landscape

October 2016

More than one billion people around the world lack access to electricity. To achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and meet the climate targets set by the Paris Agreement, we must bring clean, affordable, and renewable energy to the rural poor and other marginalized populations.

This report provides a broad assessment of the clean energy access landscape and identifies key existing initiatives, as well as critical gaps in the field. We also recommend preliminary near-term investment opportunities for civil society organizations and mission investors that are interested in advancing the needs of the historically marginalized.

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Investing to Strengthen the Good Food Supply Chain

March 2016

As Americans’ desire for healthier, more sustainable food options increases, the good food marketplace is rapidly maturing, creating opportunities for interested investors to drive social, environmental, and financial returns by helping to build a stronger good food supply chain. In this report, we identify current opportunities across five areas of the good food supply chain—places where we believe capital investments can yield both compelling investment returns and meaningful impact in expanding the supply of good food.

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Good Food for All: An Assessment of Food System Efforts in the Chesapeake Foodshed

March 2016

Funders, advocates, and other stakeholders invested in creating a better food system have an opportunity to capitalize on a growing and converging movement to build and scale an equitable, sustainable, and thriving regional food economy in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Seizing this opportunity will require forging a common vision and set of action priorities among a wide range of actors across the region. This report summarizes findings from a landscape analysis that Arabella Advisors conducted on current strategies and initiatives to strengthen the regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Bringing Workplace Policies Into the 21st Century

February 2016

Mandatory paid sick leave became Oregon law in July 2015—the outcome of advocates and allies’ three-year effort to extend the benefit to hundreds of thousands of mostly low-wage workers. The victory in Oregon has generated momentum for similar efforts around the country, and elevated workplace policies and economic security for families as topics in the national conversation. This profile examines how smart philanthropic investments in advocacy generated precedent-setting policy victories. In particular, it highlights lessons for funders on how multiyear investments in a range of organizations—501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and PACs—are critical to transformational policy change.

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12 Good Food Policy Priorities

December 2015

A policy environment that better supports Good Food is both possible and essential. With that in mind, we have developed a list of 12 Good Food Policy Priorities that we hope will help drive a discussion about building a shared, ambitious, yet realistic Good Food policy strategy—one that enables funders, investors, advocates, and other stakeholders to effectively coordinate efforts, leverage one another’s resources, and extend the impact of the Good Food movement.

We recognize that many more policy changes than we could list are needed, and that much more will need to be done to realize the Good Food future we want. At the same time, we know that a cohesive movement strategy is about making difficult choices. A realistic strategy won’t make everyone happy on every point, but it will ultimately enable us to drive needed policy improvements at multiple levels. With that said, we offer these priorities as a conversation starter.

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