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:

  • The Seattle Human Services Coalition scored a major public policy victory recently as a result of coordinated action, effective grassroots, and skillful application of research-based messaging. That latter tool, and its utility for other nonprofits and missions, is the subject of this article... Read More

  • On June 12, 2019, Habitat for Humanity launched its ambitious nationwide Cost of Home campaign to engage its local affiliates and many others in advocacy efforts to secure affordable housing for 10... Read More

  • By the end of this week, both the House and Senate will be on recess and almost every state legislature will have adjourned for the year. Nonprofit missions won’t be on hiatus in August, however, and public policy needs will continue even while lawmakers are taking a break. There’s an... Read More

  • Effective advocates know that rallying the public requires more than speaking in generalities or uttering unfathomable dollar figures without context. Laurie Wolf, President and CEO of The Foraker Group, the state association of nonprofits in Alaska, demonstrated Friday how to... Read More

  • Everyone who has ever walked around Capitol Hill knows that there’s movement everywhere. The U.S. Capitol really does sit on top of an actual hill - one that can look like a busy ant hill with perpetual motion as people, thoughts, legislation, and everything else are constantly moving. On June 5... 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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