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:

  • People know that charitable nonprofits are problem solvers in their communities. That’s why some people choose to work for or volunteer at nonprofits, and it’s why other people turn to charitable organizations when seeking relief, recovery, rebuilding, and rejoicing. So it is imminently... Read More

  • EGOT’s got nothing on nonprofit advocates. While entertainers may celebrate receiving Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys (EGOT), equally important (to us) is the recognition awarded by nonprofit state associations to excellence in nonprofit advocacy. Here are two awards in the works:

  • We wrote it at the outset and repeat the point here: the $350 billion in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds aren’t going to spend themselves. State and local politicians need to be reminded that a) charitable nonprofits have performed above and beyond the call of... Read More

  • Principles, Recommendations, and Models for Investing Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

    The COVID-19 pandemic resurfaced an undeniable truth: charitable nonprofits and governments are natural partners, serving the same... Read More

  • 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

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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