Online Book Launch

Nonprofits in policy advocacy: Their strategies and stories

Thursday 24 September 4-5pm Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco) /
Friday 25 September 9-10am Australian Eastern Standard time (Sydney)

Register by 20th September:


Registered participants will be sent an email with a secure Zoom webinar link prior to the event

In their new book, Nonprofits in policy advocacy: Their strategies and stories (Palgrave Macmillan, August 2020), Associate Professor Sheldon Gen and Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright connect real practices of on-the-ground policy advocates with the burgeoning academic literature in policy studies. Drawing on mixed methods research with U.S. nonprofits, the book identifies six distinct policy advocacy strategies, and their accompanying tactics. Case studies tell the stories of how advocates
apply these strategies in a wide variety of campaigns in areas including civil rights, environment, education, public infrastructure, and human services. The book makes a significant scholarly contribution to policy studies and provides empirical and theoretical grounding for the social change
work of nonprofit organizations.

Join the authors and advocates featured in the book for an online book launch. In this webinar, we will share highlights of the book, and engage in conversation with advocates featured in the book about how they apply advocacy strategy in their work.

Advocacy practice, theory & research – Background on the research methods, data and theory
that inform the book
Strategies and organizations– Presentation of six strategies and discussion of the types of
advocacy organizations that typically apply these strategies (based on national US survey)
Policy advocates tell their stories – Policy advocates featured in the book share examples of their
work, illustrating the strategies
Question & Answer

Professor Marc Stears is Director of the Sydney Policy Lab and has an international reputation as one of the leading scholars of democratic change and social movements. Prior to arriving in Sydney in 2018, Marc had been Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford and Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation, one of the UK’s largest think tanks.

Sheldon Gen, PhD is Associate Professor of Public Administration, and a Senior Researcher with the Cesar Chavez Institute, both at San Francisco State University. He studies public engagement in policy making processes, and focuses on environmental and education policy issues. These interests stem from his prior employment and consultancies with many public and nonprofit organisations in the areas of environment, education, transportation, and development.

Jessica Gunderson is a policy consultant with Think Together, which runs about 400 after-school learning centers California that provide a safe environment and place for students to get help with homework. Previously, she was the policy director for Californians for Safety and Justice and senior
director for policy and communications at the Partnership for Children and Youth.

Mark W. Toney, Ph.D. is Executive Director the Executive Director of The Utility Reform Network (TURN) in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining TURN he served as the Executive Director of the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) and also as the Chair of the Regional Funding Board and the Haymarket People’s Foundation. Dr. Toney also served as the founding Executive Director of Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) in Providence, RI and is a founding director of the NWC.

Amy Conley Wright, MSW, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies, and Director of the Research Centre for Children and Families at the University of Sydney, Australia. She leads applied research promoting the best interests of children and families through policies, services and advocacy. Her collaborative research and applied work have been recognised as influencing child and family services in Australia, U.S., Taiwan, Romania and other countries.


Regional Neighbours Conference a Great Success – Report on the ISTR Asia Pacific Conference

Report on the ISTR Asia Pacific Conference: “Global Challenges and Sustainability
in the Asia Pacific: The Role of the Third Sector” Hosted by CECT Universitas Trisakti Pullman Hotel, Central Park – Jakarta

By Ruth Phillips

Every second year ANZTSR’s International counterpart, ISTR (International Society for Third Sector Research) holds small regional conferences all over the world. I have been fortunate enough to attend two of these conferences this year, 2017, the first was in Accra, Ghana, the Africa Region Conference where the ISTR Board also met and the second was very recently (December 4&5, 2017) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The ISTR Asia Pacific Conferences are always well attended with this year’s conference having 106 people from 16 countries and with 95 papers presented. The Australian third sector researchers and I have been privileged to attend the last 7 in various wonderful locations throughout East and South-East Asia. I see these conferences as not only a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow researchers in the region but also to attend a conference that is not dominated by global North ideas, theories or scholars. The diversity of perspectives and insights is both illuminating and inspiring and the Jakarta conference was one of the best that I have attended (and partially organised!) as a wide range of global South perspectives were presented through an excellent program of papers. The tone for this exciting conference was beautifully set by the keynote address from Professor Akihiro Ogawa, Professor of Japanese Studies at the Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne. Professor Ogawa recently edited the Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia (2017) and gave an excellent overview about the current state of civil society in Asia, exploring its future and raising was he saw as key challenges ahead and new research directions for the third sector.  Attendees were also enriched by presentations and panels by impressive local entrepreneurs and corporate sector representatives who presented on innovations in CSR and social enterprise, providing great insight into the Indonesian context for the third sector.

For the first time the ISTR Asia Pacific Conference held a two-day PhD seminar, hosted by four faculty members, and attended by a group of 13 PhD students from Japan, India, China, UK, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Australia and the Philippines. The PhD seminar included workshops presentations from other academics and provided an opportunity for students to engage, learn and network with each other and expert researcher/academics from a diverse range of countries. As one of the workshop presenters I was pleased to see how connected the students had become through the workshop and how all of them were full of praise and gratitude for the opportunity and the experience. The PhD seminar has been part of the larger International ISTR conferences for many years and it is an excellent way of supporting emerging researchers in the field of third sector research.

A heart felt congratulations must go to Dr Maria R. Nindita Radyati who offered to and expertly led and hosted the conference and her wonderful team of people who work at the CECT (the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Change and the Third Sector). They were fabulous hosts and the entire conference was very well organised, buoyed of course by a great location that provided great food and well-known Indonesian hospitality. Dr Radyati also secured a high level of support from the corporate community in Indonesia that was also greatly appreciated.

Ruth Phillips

Events, News

Notice of annual general meeting

Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research lncorporated 9878036
Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research lncorporated will be held in the Board Room, School of Business, University of Notre Dame, Level2, 29
– 35 Shepherd Street, Chippendale NSW 2008 on 12 December 2017 at 12 noon (Sydney time).
Dial in / Skype details:

AGM Agenda

1. Welcome by Chairperson – Dr Jose Sakakibara
2. Members present – complete and sign Attendance Register
3. Apologies
4. Minutes of 20’16 Annual General Meeting
5. Business Arising from Minutes
6. Presentation and adoption of Reports:
6.’l Chairperson’s report (Jose Sakakibara)
6.2 Financial Report and Audited Financial Report (Margaret Spencer)
6.3 Journal Editor’s Report (Karen Smith, Carolyn Cordery)
7. Election of Committee of Office Bearers. There being three (3) vacancies for
Board positions, there will be an election if more than three people nominate. Please
see Nomination Form attached. Completed nominations and accompanying
candidate curriculum vitae forms MUST be received by the Hon. Secretary by 5 pm
on Friday 1 December 2017 by scan and email to
7. Other Business
8. Close

Voting by proxy
Each financial member may appoint a proxy to vote on behalf of that member at the annual general meeting. The proxy need not be a member. The Rules of the Association at Section 33 sets out the process to be followed to appoint a proxy are set out below.
A proxy appointment form is attached. This Proxy must be received by the Hon Secretary, ANZTSR 48 hours prior to the start of the AGM (that is, by 12 noon 10th December 2017) by scan and email to

33 Appointment of Proxiesr1 

(1)The instrument appointing a proxy shall be in writing under the hand of the appointor or of the appointer’s attorney duly authorised in writing or, if the appointor is a corporation, either under the seal or under the hand of an officer or attorney duly authorised. The instrument appointing a proxy shall be deemed to confer authority to demand or join in demanding a poll. A member shall be entitled to instruct their own proxy to vote in favour of or against any proposed resolutions. Unless otherwise instructed the proxy may vote as they think fit.

(2) The instrument appointing a proxy and the power of attorney or other authority, if any, under which it is signed or a notarially certified copy of the power of attorney shall be deposited at the principle place of business of the Association or at such other place that is specified for that purpose in the notice convening the meeting, not less than forty-eight hours before the time for the holding of the meeting or adjourned meeting at which the person named in the instrument proposes to vote. ln the case of a poll, not less than twenty-four hours before the time appointed for the taking of the poll. ln default the instrument of proxy shall be treated as valid.



The Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Andrew Jungclaus, the 2017-2018 Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. Andrew’s dissertation project “True Philanthropy”: A Religious History of the Modern Non-Profit Foundation provides an examination of the role of religious belief in shaping early twentieth-century American market structures and conceptions of the public good. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in American Studies and English Literature from the College of William and Mary and his master’s degree in Theology from the University of Oxford.

Learn more about our past recipients and read their completed dissertations on Lake’s website





The Lake Institute Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for graduate students. Please forward or pass this information to any list serve or student database, for those who may be interested in applying before the January 15, 2018 deadline. Your assistance in sharing the application and information is appreciated.

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy will offer a one-year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $25,000 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This doctoral dissertation fellowship will be given to a scholar whose research engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing.


Applicants for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship must:

  • Be a candidate for a Ph.D. degree at a graduate school in the United States
  • Fulfill all pre-dissertation requirements by December 31 of the year applying, including approval of the dissertation proposal with the expectation that the dissertation will be completed no later than July of the year following the fellowship grant year
  • Must not have received a similar grant or fellowship for writing of the dissertation
  • Submit application and other requested documents by January 15

All applications materials must be received by January 15 and include the following:

  • application form
  • current resume
  • executive summary
  • copy of the approved dissertation proposal
  • selected bibliography
  • timetable
  • three letters of recommendation
  • official or unofficial transcript

Visit Lake Institute on Faith & Giving for more information or contact Program Manager, Rafia Khader.