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Engaging the People Nonprofits Seek to Impact in Policy Advocacy

In 2018 as part of its commitment to organizational strengthening, the Packard Foundation provided funding to explore how advocacy organizations working on a variety of issues could grow in their efforts to meaningfully engage with the people their work impacts. The goals were to support these organizations in exploring ways to engage the people and communities their work impacts in advocacy efforts and to identify promising practices for how advocacy organizations can better connect with those at the heart of their work.

This report from ORS Impact documents the learnings from grants to 10 organizations. The report highlights an array of methods chosen by this group of organizations to engage with the people their work impacts and notes that that these new engagement strategies generated changes for the advocacy organizations (changes in practice, internal culture, and staffing) as well as changes among their partners, constituents, and decision-makers.

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