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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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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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Ending the Era of Mass Incarceration: How the Power of 501(c)(4) Spending Propelled California’s Proposition 47

September 2015

The campaign to pass California’s Proposition 47—which enacted sweeping sentencing reforms for people convicted of nonviolent offenses—highlights the influence that 501(c)(4) organizations can have on public policy. This case study explores how 501(c)(4) activities acted as the critical drivers of change, achieving bold reforms and standing as a groundbreaking victory in the movement to end mass incarceration. The case study also highlights the role 501(c)(3) resources played in paving the way for sentencing reform through years of work to educate the public about the high costs of incarceration and alternative approaches to public safety.

Together with the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, we also held a webinar to explore this topic in more depth. We welcome you to both download the report and listen to a recording of the webinar.

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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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Opportunities to Address Long-Term Unemployment

October 2013

Arabella Advisors, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, conducted an in-depth analysis of the causes and consequences of long-term unemployment and strategies to effectively address it.

This report identifies approaches to:

  • Increase employer demand for workers who are vulnerable to long-term unemployment
  • Ensure long-term unemployed workers have the skills and credentials necessary to access and retain
    middle-wage jobs
  • Improve employment processes to better match long-unemployed job seekers with open jobs

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