Advancing Missions Through Advocacy

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Advocacy is essential to advance and achieve nonprofits' missions.

To demonstrate how common nonprofit advocacy is – and how effective it can be in advancing missions, improving lives, and strengthening communities – each edition of our free e-newsletter, Nonprofit Advocacy Matters, concludes with a current example of “Advocacy in Action.” Here are some recent examples:

  • Nonprofits know the value of getting to know policymakers once they take office. But what about getting ahead of changes to promote sound policies and working relationships? In California, that’s exactly what nonprofits are doing.

    Consider the situation in California in the aftermath of... Read More

  • When communicating with the President of the United States and leaders of the U.S. Congress, prudence requires making one’s case with data and clarity. Let’s take a closer look at the... Read More

  • Congress has very little time to enact much-needed COVID relief before millions suffer immediate harm. Nonprofits have even less time to convince Senators and Representatives that enacting nonprofit policy priorities is in the best interest of the American People. That’s why nonprofit advocates... Read More

  • The classic letter to the editor can be satisfying to the writer and thought-provoking to readers. When it includes a call to action and is reposted to reach targeted audiences, we can see a gem of advocacy in action.

    The rules for publishing letters to the editor are usually strict:... Read More

  • Nonprofits play a vital role in communities, yet are often overlooked in legislation and policymaking. The National Nonprofit Legislative Caucus is an open, bipartisan, and bicameral group of legislators dedicated to supporting the work of charitable nonprofits and their communities. The Caucus... Read More

About Advocacy in Action

Pick your cliché, the Advocacy in Action feature is where “the rubber hits the road” and where we feature nonprofits not only “talking the talk,” but also “walking the walk.” For us, it’s not enough just to report what’s going on. Here, we share the inspiration of advocacy activities by practitioners around the country. Advocacy in Action articles in 2018 featured innovations in the areas of relationship building, messaging and communications, subject-matter expertise, policy development, grassroots mobilization, and more. The articles don’t just end the newsletter on a high note (which they do); they also encourage us (and hopefully you) to identify and learn from everyday advocacy successes that are mission-centered and proof that advocacy works.

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