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 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

  • Nonprofits led outreach efforts for the 2020 Census to ensure every person was counted because every person counts. Now, state associations of nonprofits are sharing what they learned from the 2020 Census to raise voices of underrepresented populations and guarantee lessons learned are... Read More

  • 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

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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