State of Change

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State of Change "was born in the fall of 2004, the brainchild of Linda Shoemaker, founder of the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a multi-issue think tank in Colorado providing original research and analysis on issues of equal opportunity and access. Like many organizations doing state-level policy and advocacy work, the Bell is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, funded through grants and contributions. The work of the Bell frequently informs and serves as a model for policy initiatives in other states. Linda thought it would be possible to for policy- and advocacy-oriented nonprofits in every state to raise money more broadly, if only there were a cost-efficient way to let donors know about their achievements." [1]

Advisors and Directors [2]

  • Nan Aron - President, Alliance for Justice, Washington, DC
  • Angela Glover Blackwell - CEO, PolicyLink, Oakland, CA
  • Michael Ettlinger - Economic Analysis and Research Network Director, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC
  • Maggie Fox - Deputy Executive Director, Sierra Club, Washington, DC and Boulder, CO *
  • Paul Harstad - CEO, Harstad Strategic Research, Boulder, CO *
  • Donna Hall - Executive Director, Women Donors Network, Palo Alto, CA
  • Josie Heath - President, Community Foundation, Boulder, CO *
  • Jeff Malachowsky - Consultant, Portland, OR
  • Rodger McFarlane - Executive Director, Gill Foundation, Denver, CO *
  • Mark Ritchie - President, Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policy, Minneapolis, MN
  • Mark Schmitt - Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Linda Shoemaker - Chair, Bell Policy Center, Denver, CO *
  • Rob Stuart - Senior Vice President, @dvocacy Inc. and Founder, E-Volve Foundation
  • Marie Wilson - President, The White House Project, New York, NY



Resources and articles


  1. About, State of Change, accessed July 8, 2007.
  2. Meet Our Advisors & Directors, State of Change, accessed July 8, 2007.