Advance Policies that Support Social and Environmental Good

Arabella Advisors partners with leading donors to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and campaigns that produce social and policy change.

Our sector increasingly recognizes that achieving impact at scale requires a mix of tools and investments—including smart investments in advocacy that target multiple levers of change, from strong policies to public education to accountability for elected officials. Advocacy is any action intended to influence public policy or the allocation of public resources; or the policies, procedures, and practices of private-sector institutions. While providing services to individuals can help them navigate existing institutions, advocacy aims to influence the rules by which those institutions operate.

Smart grant making aimed at effecting change through legislation, litigation, organizing, and calls for enforcement can generate more sustainable impact over time than service-oriented grant making alone. And the rules of policy influence have changed over the last decade: now, philanthropists who want to have a voice in policy making need to invest more, and more effectively, or risk ceding influence to those who do.

Arabella works with a range of donors and social entrepreneurs to analyze the policy landscape, understand the benefits and risks of engaging, form productive partnerships, and incubate and evaluate campaigns. From our decade of experience working with innovative funders, we know that investment in advocacy can deliver exponential return on investment—if it’s done right.


How Arabella Can Help

  • Analyze the political and policy landscape of an issue
  • Design and evaluate advocacy strategies that leverage available tools
  • Help funders understand the legal restrictions on advocacy and lobbying
  • Identify potential grantees and conduct due diligence
  • Execute grants and monitor progress
  • Incubate compliant 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) campaign
  • Identify potential donor partners for an issue or initiative
  • Convene donors to learn from each other and build collaboratives
  • Train stakeholders on compliance, best practices, and foundation and nonprofit law

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Case Study:

Ending the Era of Mass Incarceration

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 Arabella case study explores the drivers behind this victory in the movement to end mass incarceration.

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