The Power of Advocacy

Making the Case for Philanthropic Support for Advocacy


Funding policy advocacy involves working to achieve change in a particular cause area by seeking to influence public policy - including laws, regulations and government practices. It can be a very effective way to address the complex social and environmental challenges we confront.

For this reason there is a growing impetus for philanthropy to fund policy advocacy, something very evident at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit in September 2017, which had a strong focus on policy advocacy.

To build on this momentum, Philanthropy Australia has produced 'The Power of Advocacy', a useful resource for philanthropic organisations interested in learning more about funding policy advocacy.

The report:

  • Explains what policy advocacy is
  • Outlines the rationale for philanthropy funding policy advocacy
  • Sets out the law regarding funding policy advocacy
  • Addresses some misconceptions, and
  • Presents eight case studies of philanthropy funding policy advocacy

You can access the report by clicking on the link below.

Download The Power of Advocacy >


Philanthropy Australia thanks The Reichstein Foundation and The Myer Foundation, whose generous support enabled the report to be produced. Thanks also to the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network for their advice and expertise. 


Philanthropy Australia also thanks John Spierings, Kirsty Allen, Tabitha Lovett, Esther Abrams and Anne Robinson for their assistance with the development of the report.

Community Philanthropy Award 2020 recipients

Funders: Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Community Foundation

For-purpose: Kids Thrive

Award partners: Australian Communities Foundation, Australian Community Philanthropy, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal & Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.


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