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[Webinar Series] Stronger Together Part II: Building the Capacity of Social Movements
Hosted by HRFN's Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Working Group, coordinated by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Global Fund for Women, and co-sponsored by Philanthropy New York.

We invite you to a three-part webinar series, building on our previous series Stronger Together: New Frontiers in Funders Supporting Social Movements. The webinars will take place at 12pm EST on the second Wednesday of December, January, and February, and will explore funders' roles in supporting social movements. Participants will engage in an ongoing discussion as to how learning, monitoring, evaluation, and research can support grantees' autonomous movement building, inform grantmaking, and advance our understanding of social change.

1st Webinar: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

How do we as grantmakers foster, support, and strengthen new or growing movements?

Description: This webinar will be an introduction to some of our latest thinking and approaches. We will explore how the Packard Foundation invests in building the capacity of movements. We will also present a systems tool to analyze a movement’s capacity (with an example from the US Juvenile Justice movement). The session will draw on the movement building work of the Management Assistance Group and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.

Presenters: Jamaica Maxwell, the Packard Foundation and Susan Misra, Management Assistance Group (MAG)

2nd Webinar: Wednesday, February 13 [January 13th webinar postponed due to government shutdown], 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding to Strengthen Movements and Advance a Just Peace

Description: The Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (SNAP) guide provides a strategic framework for activists, peacebuilders, and organizers working to transform violent conflict and advance a just peace. In this webinar, we will demonstrate how nonviolent action and peacebuilding approaches can be used together synergistically to mobilize communities, address power imbalances and conflict drivers, and support inclusive, participatory peace processes. The guide presents a series of strategic and tactical tools and approaches that can be used to effectively inform movement and peace process strategy, and purposefully advance the work of organizers, activists, mediators, negotiators, and peacebuilders.

Presenters: Dr. Maria J. Stephan, Director, Program on Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace; Nadine Bloch, Training Director, Beautiful Trouble; Lisa Schirch, Research Director, Toda Peace Institute and Senior Policy Advisor, Alliance for Peacebuilding

3rd Webinar: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 [moved from February due to January webinar postponement], 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Evaluating Social Movement Power: Initial Concepts and Indicators

Description: In 2018, Innovation Network’s Social Movement Learning Project began developing the Power of Social Movements Framework, a new evaluation and learning tool that defines the types of power that movements need to build to challenge the status quo and suggests indicators to track and assess this power. Existing evaluation approaches provide critical guidance for assessing the health and capacity of social movements, and there is a need for complementary tools and guidance to help funders and others better understand and assess whether movements are effectively leveraging capacity and building power to achieve long-term transformational change. The Power of Social Movements Framework addresses this gap in the evaluation guidance. Webinar participants will be introduced to a social movement theory of change and the Power of Social Movements Framework.

Presenters: Johanna Morariu, M.A., Co-Director of Innovation Network, Inc., Katie Fox, Senior Associate with Innovation Network.


Thank you for your interest in this webinar series. Please note that these calls are only open to grantmakers and therefore a strict no-solicitation zone to allow an open exchange of funding strategies and ideas.

We will email you with a calendar invite including instructions on how to join the webinars in advance.

For additional information, please visit the event page https://www.hrfn.org/event/stronger-together-part-ii-building-the-capacity-of-movements/ or contact (engagement [at] hrfn.org).

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