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:

  • Every edition of Nonprofit Advocacy Matters closes with an example of people overcoming adversity, mobilizing like-minded people in support of a goal, and innovating approaches to advocacy. These articles focus on real people doing what their convictions compel them to do, and we... Read More

  • The astronomical $1.6 trillion in student debt, now second only to debt for home mortgages, is weighing down individuals, families, and the economy. Many charitable nonprofits are taking on the issue, including... Read More

  • Prices for nonprofit website addresses ending in .org may soon increase dramatically and censorship may become a distinct possibility because of two seemingly connected events. Earlier this year, the governing body overseeing the .org domain, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and... Read More

  • With the clock ticking, advocates for a fair, accurate, and complete count for the 2020 census are – literally – mapping out how to count every person in the United States. There is a conscious effort to identify hard-to-count (HTC) communities to enable census enumerators, state and local... Read More

  • State associations and other nonprofits stepped up big for Election Day 2019 by encouraging people in their communities to get out and vote. As discussed in the lead State & Local Issues article above, hundreds of seats at the state level, three governorships, and scores of state and local... 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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