Pragmatic Activism Cohorts

By: Kelly March 20, 2024


The Grunin Foundation, in collaboration with Orville Morales, offers in-depth Pragmatic Activism Cohort opportunities for those who live, work, worship, or serve in Ocean and Monmouth Counties! The Cohort will allow for up to 30 members.

This program will teach nonprofits and businesses the importance of advocacy and how they can get involved. The cohort will be led by Orville Morales, who teaches Pragmatic Activism using a six-phase approach:

Why We Exist
We believe that we cannot change people we disagree with until we face them. We work with folks who consider themselves invested agents who care about their impact in the world and are willing to speak their minds through their presence at work, in their neighborhoods, and beyond.

Who We Are
We are a consulting firm whose purpose is to inspire people to see how their actions have an impact on others.

What We Do
Our goal is to help people and organizations maintain a long-term commitment towards the social good, ensuring you are part of the broader, more public dialogue around topics you care about and allow for nuance and complexity to conversations and debates.

Pragmatic Activism
A strategic approach to social change that allows for intentional and reasonable action that is sustainable over time.

If you concerned about any personal or professional barriers to participation that the Grunin Foundation may be able to help address, please contact Vicki at [email protected] to discuss. Your response may help us orchestrate a more successful experience for you.

Phase 1: Where You Stand
We provide a pair of assessments to get a
sense of who you are, what you believe, and
explore the kinds of actions towards social
good you have done in the past or are willing
to move forward.

Phase 2: Tree of Influence
We facilitate a discussion to explore who
you can influence via public policy as an
advocate in your region. This workshop
includes a deep analysis of the various levels
of the government in the region and their
prevailing priorities of the day.

Phase 3: Other Voices in the Field

You are not alone in your region, so we
explore the other voices you must listen to
and consider when taking action. This
session includes exploring how these voices
advocate on behalf of issues important to

Phase 4: Timing of Influence
Explore the timing of opportunities for
change in your region and identify the
action steps necessary to make the most of
that timing.

Phase 5: Public Engagement
We will facilitate a discussion to prepare
you to begin talking about your efforts and
develop action steps for you to get started
in your pragmatic activism.

Phase 6: Triage of

This session is all about planning, executing,
and troubleshooting public engagement if
things go wrong. But, ultimately, this phase
is about putting it all together and
providing a road map that can protect your
journey from negative fallout.

Who is the Pragmatic Activism Cohort for?

The cohort will accept up to 30 individuals who live, work, worship, or serve in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, based on an application process.

When will the Pragmatic Activism Cohort take place?

The training will take place over three sessions – with attendance required.

Location (in-person with a hybrid option via Zoom):
In-person location to be announced soon but will be in the Monmouth/Ocean area.

Session Dates/Times: Dates will be announced when Cohorts are active.

Who will be leading the Pragmatic Activism Cohort?

Orville Morales – learn more here.

How do I apply to be part of the Pragmatic Activism Cohort?

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and will reach out to you ASAP once we have reviewed your information. Application links will be available when cohorts are active.

What if my application is not accepted into the cohort of 30?

We will be doing additional cohorts in the future and will put together a wait list based on applications. 

Is there a fee to participate in the program?

Absolutely not! We are so grateful to those giving of their time to participate fully in the cohort. Those who are accepted into and participate in the program will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card* as an acknowledgement of their commitment.

Is there a way to learn more before I apply?

Yes! Details of a kick off event coming soon!

We’re looking forward to this next Pragmatic Activism Cohort, with more to come in the future!

*Important Note: Awards/Gifts/Stipends (cash and non-cash) that equal or exceed $600 per calendar year, are reportable to the IRS. This payment may be taxable. Please consult your tax advisor. We request all participants submit a W9 regardless of total compensation.