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Advancing Advocacy Through Communications Grant Making

June 2015

This webinar explored how funders can go beyond grant making to support communications and engagement strategies that drive effective advocacy and fast-track policy change. Arabella Managing Director Shelley Whelpton led a discussion during which panelists shared stories and best practices on how funders can support digital and communications strategies to generate public and political will for policy change.

This webinar features:

  • Shelley Whelpton, Managing Director, Arabella Advisors
  • Vince Stehle, Executive Director, Media Impact Funders
  • Mary Lou Fulton, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment
  • Michael Slaby, Managing Partner, Timshel

View and listen to the entire conversation to learn more.

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Going Beyond Grantmaking: Using External Help to Extend a Foundation’s Core Competencies and Increase Its Impact

May 2015

The drive to achieve impact beyond grant making represents a paradigm shift in the way foundations seek to make social change. By bringing to bear new resources and thinking, this shift has the potential to amplify the impact of the philanthropic sector. Consultants and other intermediaries have critical roles to play in extending and enhancing this impact.

In an article in the spring 2015 edition of the Foundation Review, three leaders at Arabella—Gwen Walden, Lauren Marra, and Katrina Briddell—explore the opportunities and challenges inherent in foundations’ efforts to go beyond grant making. They examine how foundations can—and cannot—effectively use consultants and other intermediaries to enhance such efforts. The article presents three cases: incubating and launching a new organization; effectively deploying impact investments; and collaborating to advocate for policy change.

Using these cases and other experience as a reference base, the article then identifies five ways funders can use consultants and other intermediaries to pursue impact beyond grant making, and explores several common pitfalls.

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Cultivating Global Library Leadership

February 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation decided to exit the field of global library leadership, but wanted to leave the sector strong. It hired Arabella to research library leadership training programs around the world to provide the training providers, participants, supporters, and other stakeholders with a comprehensive assessment of the field. Cultivating Global Library Leadership highlights 30 leadership programs, describes key trends and resources in the field, and provides recommendations for improving the library leadership training field.

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Beyond Grant Making: Amplifying Philanthropy’s Impact in 2015 and Beyond

February 2015

Philanthropy is in a period of profound transition and innovation, with funders increasingly going beyond grant making to drive change. This shift has the potential to transform the field and every issue it touches. Recently, Arabella produced the following series of articles examining the move beyond grant making.

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Building Global Library Leaders: An Evaluation of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs

November 2014

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign runs training programs to strengthen the leadership and librarianship of librarians from around the world and to enable them to improve their libraries and communities. Arabella Advisors assessed the impact of the Center’s annual Associates programs and of its country- or region-specific programs. Its programs help librarians build their communications, leadership, and librarianship through trainings and library site tours.

Link to the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs’ website

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