· As foundations seek to catalyze broad-based social change, there is a need for greater understanding of what social movements are, how they evolve, and how foundations can support them.
· Movement building presents unique challenges to foundations. Because movements, by definition, must be driven by the people who are most affected, foundations cannot determine the goals and timetables of a movement.
· The authors identify five core elements to movement building: organizing an authentic base; leadership; vision and ideas; alliances; and advocacy infrastructure.
· A framework for evaluating movement building is proposed, which can help foundations identify measureable outcomes and track progress throughout a movement’s various stages.
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Masters, Barbara and Osborn, Torie
"Social Movements and Philanthropy: How Foundations Can Support Movement Building,"
The Foundation Review:
2, Article 3.
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