< Blog Home|March 14, 2019 by Russell Carey
As a program associate, Russell Carey supports the Foundation by conducting research, writing and editing materials, assessing grantee outcomes, planning convenings, and overseeing external communications.
WHAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT
Every year, philanthropic leaders meet with legislators during Foundations on The Hill (FOTH). Russell Carey, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) program associate, recently shared why funders should attend FOTH to remind members of congress what foundations do, advocate for better government spending, and network with policymakers and other funders.
WHY THIS EXCITES US
WRF relentlessly pursues social, ethnic, and racial equity. Social, ethnic, and racial equity will exist when all Arkansans can live in an equitable and productive state free from historic and systemic barriers, and the legacies of unfairness have been addressed and eliminated. WRF informs policy through research and investments to discover what works to dismantle ineffective systems and reconfigure these systems to better serve children and families striving to get out of poverty.
WHAT WE KNOW
Every dollar invested in advocacy brings $114 in investments for Southern communities. FOTH is an opportunity for funders to advocate on behalf of the communities they serve. Philanthropic organizations should also fund research and demonstration sites to empower all children and families to thrive and prosper. Read Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Mid-South Region to learn more.