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[Webinar Series] Stronger Together Part II: Building the Capacity of Movements

Hosted by HRFN’s Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Working Group, coordinated by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Global Fund for Women, and co-sponsored by Philanthropy New York

We invite you to a three-part webinar series, building on our previous series Stronger Together: New Frontiers in Funders Supporting Social Movements. The webinars will take place at 12pm EST on the second Wednesday of December, February (January session postponed), and March and will explore funders’ roles in supporting social movements. Participants will engage in an ongoing discussion as to how learning, monitoring, evaluation, and research can support grantees’ autonomous movement building, inform grantmaking, and advance our understanding of social change.

Please RSVP here for the webinar series. For questions, please contact engagement@hrfn.org.

[March 13, 2019] Evaluating Social Movement Power: Initial Concepts and Indicators

In 2018, Innovation Network’s Social Movement Learning Project began developing the Power of Social Movements Framework, a new evaluation and learning tool that defines the types of power that movements need to build to challenge the status quo and suggests indicators to track and assess this power. Existing evaluation approaches provide critical guidance for assessing the health and capacity of social movements, and there is a need for complementary tools and guidance to help funders and others better understand and assess whether movements are effectively leveraging capacity and building power to achieve long-term transformational change. The Power of Social Movements Framework addresses this gap in the evaluation guidance. Webinar participants will be introduced to a social movement theory of change and the Power of Social Movements Framework.


  • Johanna Morariu, M.A., is the Co-Director of Innovation Network, Inc., a 501(c)3 evaluation and research firm, partnering with organizations such as Community Change, the Packard Foundation, and the Four Freedoms Fund. Johanna has over a decade of experience in advocacy evaluation, including campaign evaluation, policy advocacy evaluation, organizing evaluation, and leadership development evaluation. She received her M.A. in Political Science from George Mason University and her B.A. in International Relations and History from Penn State University.
  • Katie Fox: As a Senior Associate with Innovation Network, Katie leads evaluation projects for partners such as the Connecticut Health Foundation, Four Freedoms Fund, State Infrastructure Fund, and Kansas Health Foundation. With over ten years of experience in social justice philanthropy, organizing, and advocacy, Katie is skilled in assessing complex social change initiatives and has particular expertise in evaluating civic engagement work, grassroots social movements, and capacity building and leadership development initiatives. Katie received her Masters in Public Policy and Administration and Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


[February 13, 2019 (rescheduled from original January 9th date due to USG shutdown)] Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding to Strengthen Movements and Advance a Just Peace

The Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (SNAP) guide provides a strategic framework for activists, peacebuilders, and organizers working to transform violent conflict and advance a just peace. In this webinar, we will demonstrate how nonviolent action and peacebuilding approaches can be used together synergistically to mobilize communities, address power imbalances and conflict drivers, and support inclusive, participatory peace processes. The guide presents a series of strategic and tactical tools and approaches that can be used to effectively inform movement and peace process strategy, and purposefully advance the work of organizers, activists, mediators, negotiators, and peacebuilders.


  • Dr. Maria J. Stephan: Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace, which focuses on applied research, training and education and informing policies and practice related to civil resistance, nonviolent action and their roles in transforming violent conflict and advancing just peace. She was formerly a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she co-led the Future of Authoritarianism project. Previously, Stephan was lead foreign affairs officer in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), where she worked on both policy and operations for Afghanistan and Syria engagements. Earlier, Stephan directed policy and research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), a private foundation dedicated to developing and disseminating knowledge about nonviolent struggle. She simultaneously taught courses on human rights and civil resistance at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and American University’s School of International Service.  Stephan is the editor of Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization and Governance in the Middle East (Palgrave, 2009), a co-editor of Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (Atlantic Council, 2015) and the co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011). The latter book was awarded the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Prize by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in political science and the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Defense One, and NPR. Stephan has worked with the European/NATO policy office of the U.S. Department of Defense, and at NATO HQs in Brussels. She is the recipient of Harry S. Truman and J. William Fulbright national scholarships. She holds an MA and PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. Stephan, who is from Vermont, is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Nadine Bloch: Bloch is the Training Director for Beautiful Trouble and an innovative artist, nonviolent practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista. Her work explores the potent intersection of art and politics; where creative cultural resistance is not only effective political action, but also a powerful way to reclaim agency over our own lives, fight oppressive systems, and invest in our communities — all while having more fun than the other side! She is a contributor to Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012, O/R Books), Beautiful Rising: Creative Resistance from the Global South (2017, O/R Books), We Are Many, Reflections on Movement Strategy from Occupation to Liberation (2012, AK Press), and author of a Special Report, Education & Training in Nonviolent Resistance (2016, US Institute of Peace). Check out her column on the blog Waging Nonviolence, “The Arts of Protest.”
  • Lisa Schirch: Schirch currently serves as the Research Director for the Toda Peace Institute and a Senior Policy Advisor with the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Since 1995, she has taught a graduate level course on combining strategic nonviolent action and strategic peacebuilding at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and served as a Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Her book Strategic Peacebuilding (2004) provides a conceptual framework for recognizing the role of nonviolent action in peacebuilding. Her book on Ritual and Symbol in Peacebuilding (2005) and her article “Strategic Arts-Based Peacebuilding” (2008) explore the role of the arts in nonviolent action. In Dialogue on Difficult Subjects (2007), Schirch and co-author David Campt explore the role of dialogue in nonviolent social movements to address racism and other social problems. In Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning (2014), Schirch provides assessment and strategic planning tools. Schirch frequently takes to the streets and the blogosphere to work for social justice.


[December 12, 2018] How do we as grantmakers foster, support, and strengthen new or growing movements?

This webinar will be an introduction to some of our latest thinking and approaches. We will explore how the Packard Foundation invests in building the capacity of movements. We will also present a systems tool to analyze a movement’s capacity (with an example from the US Juvenile Justice movement). The session will draw on the movement building work of the Management Assistance Group and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity.


  • Jamaica Maxwell: Jamaica Maxwell joined the Packard Foundation in 2013 as a program officer for the Organizational Effectiveness program. At the Foundation, she manages organizational development grants to Conservation & Science and Population & Reproductive Health grantees, helping the Foundation’s core grantee partners strengthen their leadership, management, and operations. She also develops network and field-level capacity building efforts within these programs in the U.S., Asia, the Western Pacific, and Latin America. In addition, she leads learning explorations on emerging topics related to social sector capacity building, including systems analysis for program development/evaluation, and field-level leadership development.
  • Susan Misra: Susan Misra has over 15 years of experience in strengthening nonprofits and their board-staff leadership. She has worked with over 150 nonprofit organizations on strategy, leadership development, and financial sustainability and particularly specializes in aligning an organization’s internal operations with its social justice values through inclusive, participatory, and analytically rigorous processes.  For this work, she has conducted numerous organizational assessments and helped organizations develop capacity-building plans, strategic plans, and business plans.  She has coached board-staff leadership teams on implementing their plans, restructuring their organizations, and managing organizational change and conflict.