Building Alliance Capacity

Alliances, as it has been comprehensively explored, can be a tool to bring together different organizations with similar values to push towards building a social movement. This project is supported by Public Interest Projects (PIP), which has a history of bringing people together and building alliances with funders and among other nonprofit organizations. Through this project, we expound on alliance building and its added benefits to not only increase the reach and range of an organization, but also to provide the opportunity to integrate organizations so as to lift up issues of emerging constituencies, access multiple skills and multiple places, and have the ability to scale up to regional and state efforts. This project details the process in which different constituencies work together on each other’s campaigns and build long-term relationships. As a part of a broader network of social movements, the ultimate goal of this project is to provide analysis and recommendations to funders throughout the country on how to expand and fortify socially just alliances.


Connecting at the Crossroads: Alliance Building and Social Change in Tough Times

By Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito and Rhonda Ortiz and Commissioned by Public Interest Projects

December 2010

  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
  • 950 W. Jefferson Blvd., JEF 102
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291