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Advocacy, Politics & Philanthropy: A Reflection on a Decade of Immigration Reform Advocacy

This Innovation Network report examines the impact and shares lessons from Atlantic’s $70.3 million effort between 2004 and 2014 to reform the U.S. immigration system. Topics covered include:

  • How the campaign unified multiple advocates behind an agenda focused on comprehensive federal reform.
  • The trade-offs between pushing for comprehensive reform and seeking incremental change.
  • The important role of strategic communications over the course of the campaign.
  • How significant and early funding attracted and inspired additional funders.
  • The power of 501(c)4 funding and how it helped to complement 501(c)3 activities.
  • How funding helped build leadership and critical anchor organizations.

A companion guide, the Funder Discussion Guide, was developed to explore advocacy strategy decision points and trade-offs. Funder Discussion Guide.