Why Strategic Philanthropy (Almost) Always Involves Advocacy

December 15, 2016

When pursued strategically, philanthropy and advocacy are like two sides of the same coin. Their practitioners both take action in service of needed social change, seeking to realize visions of a better world, and it’s rare that either set can achieve the goals it seeks without the other, at least at scale. Advocates are typically well aware how much they need donors to accomplish their goals. For their part, donors increasingly understand that the inverse is true as well: they need advocates—or at least the tools of advocacy—to achieve the ends they seek.