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Advocacy Program

The Advocacy Program is a pivotal initiative within the Comuá Network, designed to promote collective and network-driven actions for crafting strategies, narratives, and knowledge in collaboration with members and partners. Its primary aim is to amplify the visibility, promotion, and positioning of agendas related to community philanthropy and social justice within the national and international philanthropic ecosystems and the public sphere.

It operates at the intersection of philanthropy, civil society, socio-environmental justice, and democracy.

The Network's discussions and initiatives, conducted in collaboration with its members, are founded on the premise that the intersection of philanthropy and democracy is most evident in the realm of rights. Supporting groups, organizations, and civil society movements led by historically marginalized groups with financial resources is a fundamental strategy for shaping policies related to human rights, socio-environmental justice, and community development.

This type of action requires a transformation process in philanthropy. It involves democratizing resource access, expanding distribution channels, aligning with societal needs, and fostering ongoing dialogue with civil society, particularly grassroots organizations and movements.

In this way, the Advocacy Program aims to enhance member engagement and expand its reach. It seeks to strengthen actions and initiatives with members and extend its influence beyond philanthropic ecosystems by promoting actions and discussions in the non-state public sphere. This requires reinforcing existing partnerships and forming new alliances, particularly with independent and community media, as well as a diverse range of knowledge producers.

The Program is a comprehensive platform with core principles grounded in philanthropy, democracy, and climate justice. It amplifies the visibility of member organizations' initiatives, fosters diverse grantmaking practices, and cultivates a culture of giving in support of groups, collectives, movements, leaders, and civil society organizations dedicated to these fields.

Comuá Network is committed to collective action, and to achieve this, we work cohesively to operationalize strategies and develop the conceptual foundations that underpin the systemic change we aspire to.

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VOICES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES, POLITICAL MINORITIES, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RIGHTS ARE AT THE HEART OF THE PROGRAM.

It's not recent that financing methods for collective struggles are grassroots-organized. Therefore, the philanthropic ecosystem must acknowledge and contemplate the trajectory of its agendas.

The Comuá Network seeks to influence the culture of donations and the philanthropic ecosystem to strengthen civil society and struggles for rights. For this, narratives driven by grassroots voices recount stories of transformation through community and social justice philanthropy.

This process challenges traditional philanthropic systems, questioning external agendas and top-down power dynamics.

The Program is structured around two key strategies: the INCIDENCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MEMBERS which involves the Capacity Building Program through the Network's Communities of Practice and the Strategic Support Program -, which is directly connected with the second key strategy, the INCIDENCE ON THE ECOSYSTEM AND NON-STATE PUBLIC SPHERE which involves the already mentioned Strategic Support Program, Campaigns and Partnerships for Incidence.

Learn more about the details of each key strategy:

COP OF COMMUNICATION AND NARRATIVE PRODUCTIONS:

It proposes periodic exchanges between communicators from diverse organizations, in collaboration with our “Coffee with Communicators” initiative.

INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT COP:

It covers topics such as monitoring and evaluation, protection and security, self-care, resource management, and mobilization.

COP PHILANTHROPY AND DEMOCRACY:

It addresses the themes of grantmaking, analysis of the Advocacy scenario, climate justice and democracy.

KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION COP:

It proposes periodic exchanges for knowledge production about philanthropy, in collaboration with the Knowledge Program.