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.
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.
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.
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
- Improve employment processes to better match long-unemployed job seekers with open jobs
2013 will be a year of tremendous philanthropic need and opportunity. To help strategic philanthropists think about the coming year and how they may maximize their impact, we asked some of the sharpest thinkers and greatest innovators in the sector to share their insights on the crucial topics the sector must address, the challenges it will face, and the meaningful impact we are collectively well positioned to achieve. Throughout December, Arabella ran Impact 2013, a series of posts on our Greater Good blog. Impact 2013 featured ideas ranging from philanthropy and the political system to converting innovation into sustainable reality to global issues such as maternal health, nutrition, and more.