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:

  • If the pen is mightier than the sword, then what are data? Even mightier? Mightiest?

    We ask the question here, in this section of the newsletter dedicated to highlighting effective nonprofit advocacy, to draw attention to the impact that up-to-date data can have on public policy debates... Read More

  • The federal government is sending every state, local, Tribal, and territorial government significant resources allocated from the $350 billion in Fiscal Recovery Funds enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The governments have wide latitude on how they spend the funds, but they don’t... Read More

  • There’s a saying among old-style lobbyists that you never want to have to ask a stranger for a favor; meaning it’s best to make friends with lawmakers before you need to request that they support or oppose a legislative bill. Add to that saying the fundamental principle of remaining nonpartisan... Read More

  • The Work Opportunities and Resources to Keep Nonprofit Organizations Well (WORK NOW) Act (S. 740 and H.R. 1987) is economic-... Read More

  • It can be a sincere statement or a meaningless throwaway line when a politician tells a nonprofit audience that local charities are valued and appreciated. But when policymakers cite a statistic about nonprofit reach or impact, that’s when you know they are paying attention. (See, e.g., Senator... 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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