Beyond the Check: Engaging In Advocacy Through Philanthropy


155 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210

In the world of philanthropy and nonprofits – any 501(c)(3) organizations – advocacy may seem like a daunting subject. Engaging in and supporting advocacy is often difficult to navigate, especially when considering penalties like excise taxes or revocation of your 501(c)(3) status. However, the reality is that advocacy is an essential part of achieving meaningful systems change. It is more than just lobbying and legislation, and there are numerous ways for the philanthropic sector to support this important work. Join us for a conversation to learn about all the ways advocacy work can be defined, and consider how funders and philanthropic institutions can engage in and support advocacy efforts in the nonprofit sector, both with and beyond the check.


Jacqueline Anderson-Wilson, Senior Director of Grantmaking at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Liza Behrendt, Associate Director at the Resource Organizing Project

Natanja Craig-Oquendo, Executive Director of the Boston Women's Fund

Colin Killick, Executive Director at the Disability Policy Consortium

Franklin Peralta, Director of Business Engagement and Public Policy, English for New Bostonians