Making a Big Difference for Children and Communities

A virtual funder conversation about advocacy and systems change strategies 

Policy research, public will building, message development, grassroots and grasstops engagement. Funders have lots of tools in their toolkit!  In this virtual dialogue, funders discussed a range of advocacy and systems change strategies used to ensure more children, families and communities thrive. 


  • Katherine Beckmann, Program Officer, Children, Families and Communities
          at the Packard Foundation
  • Melanie Bridgeforth, President and CEO, Women’s Fund of Greater
  • Jennifer Esterline, Executive Director, Texas Education Grantmakers
          Advocacy Consortium
  • Sara Watson, Senior Director, Policy at the Bainum Family Foundation