Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Investing In Change Increasing Impact Through Public Policy and Advocacy

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 -
9:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Portland, ME
Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library
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All foundations strive to make their giving count. While funding nonprofit services is the most common approach, supporting advocacy and encouraging specific policy outcomes can be the most cost-effective and powerful way to advance your mission. Isaiah Castilla of the Alliance for Justice presents strategies for investing in change and increasing the impact of your foundation's mission.

You'll Learn:

  • The range of advocacy roles for foundations
  • Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants
  • How foundations can assess and strengthen nonprofits' capacity for public policy
  • How evaluation of policy work differs from evaluation of services provided
  • Definitions of lobbying, and activities that are exceptions to the definitions of lobbying, including those in which private foundations may engage.

Free to Grantmaker Members of Maine Philanthropy Center

$40 for Non-members

About the Presenter:

Isaiah Castilla, Advocacy Programs Counsel, Alliance for Justice

Isaiah grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where everything is deep-fried, including the politics. While working in politics, Isaiah gained experience in fundraising and campaign finance law. Today, he uses that experience and his legal education to help nonprofit organizations effectively use the power of advocacy. Isaiah was founding member of The Castilla Law Group, P.L.L.C. In his practice, Isaiah managed a caseload of both civil and criminal matters, in addition to working with non-profits on political advocacy and development. He has served as either Deputy Finance Director or Counsel for several senate and gubernatorial campaigns. As a law student, he clerked for the Mississippi Attorney General's office at the Department of Transportation and was an extern to Associate Justice Jess Dickinson of the Mississippi Supreme Court.Isaiah holds a J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Tougaloo College.


Alliance for Justice is a national association that is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process.

This program is made possible in part by the Sam L. Cohen Foundation and The Janet Henry Leadership Legacy Fund at the Maine Philanthropy Center.

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