- Public policy
- Government relations
- Case studies
- United States
- Nonprofit organizations
"With the goal of identifying how the nonprofit and philanthropic sector can increase its influence on public policy, Independent Sector set out to answer two questions:
- What approaches and strategies shape consistently successful advocacy efforts?
- How well does the community of organizations currently engaged in sector-wide advocacy perform?
This summary highlights the findings from a study conducted in 2011–12, which included three surveys, over 100 interviews, a review of existing literature on advocacy and lobbying by charitable organizations, and research on publicly available information about 528 organizations’ engagement in sector-wide public policy issues. It draws on lessons from three detailed case studies of highly effective organizations, four coalition profiles, and six issue analyses of federal, sector-wide public policy issues that were undertaken as part of this study. Insights from expert political strategists, seasoned advocates, and academic researchers informed the findings."