Thursday, March 11, 2010

Advocacy and Non-Proifts

Interesting report from Philanthropy News Digest and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy on non-profit organizations and advocacy in the public sector.  Important topic. 

For sure, business as usual approaches no longer work. 

As always, I'd love your feedback.

LA Nonprofits Involved in Advocacy Provide Significant Community Benefits, Report Finds

Between 2004 and 2008, Los Angeles County nonprofits engaged in advocacy and organizing generated nearly $7 billion in benefits for local residents, a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy finds.

Based on a study of fifteen nonprofits in the county, the report, Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in Los Angeles County (76 pages, PDF), found that every dollar foundations and other donors provided to community organizations engaged in advocacy and organizing generated $91 in benefits for the communities they serve. Over the five-year study period, those benefits included $2.6 billion in higher wages, $2.2 billion in healthcare savings, and more than $2 billion from the increased use of public transit, construction of new schools, and expanded affordable housing. The report also looked at non-monetized benefits provided by the groups, including the protection of voting rights, improved working conditions, and expanded service delivery to marginalized populations.

Based on the findings, the report recommends that foundations increase their support for advocacy and organizing, help educate donors about the benefits of advocacy funding, support effective collaboration among community organizations, collaborate with other grantmakers to leverage resources, and invest in the infrastructure and organizational capacity of grassroots organizations over sustained periods of time.

"While high-profile commentators decry 'community organizing,' this report clearly demonstrates that such activity delivers enormous benefits to communities," said NCRP executive director Aaron Dorfman. "On every issue of concern to residents of Los Angeles County, from clean air to immigration, from equality to education, foundation support for community-based activist organizations yields positive results. Foundation support turns indifference into democracy, and the benefits of a thriving democracy are indeed substantial."

“Nonprofits Bring Tremendous Benefits to Communities Through Citizen Involvement in Politics.” National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Press Release 3/02/10.


Anonymous said...

NCRP is a non-profit radical advocacy group. This group, representing political activists and special interests, have developed a social theory to justify the claims they make on philanthropists' money. According to them, philanthropy betrays its highest ideals unless it gives them grants.

I encourage you to investigate this organization further.

Anonymous said...

What good is feedback of yo don't allow it to be seen?

Larry James said...

Lots of hard data in their research.

Anonymous said...

Yes, why have a comment board if its subject to your censorship? Where is the "social justice" ?

Anonymous said...


Larry James said...

It is the policy of this page to post all comments with the exception of commercial appeals or comments that are lewd, obscene or otherwise offensive. I do not censor or omit comments that disagree with my point of view and I never have. Regular readers recognize this.

On a related note, many of my harshest critics never sign their names, but I continue to allow their comments to be posted on the page.

Anonymous said...

Anon (all):

If you are going to be so critical, and are going to throw around accusations like "NCRP=ACORN pawn," you really should either cite sources or at least let everyone know who such comments are coming from. Without at least one of these, your comments are really meaningless.