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 Updates, concludes with a current example of “Advocacy in Action.” Here are some recent examples:

  • Suffering silently is perhaps the worst approach to advancing the mission of a nonprofit. Media accounts about the workforce shortages at restaurants and airlines can be seen everywhere and individuals are quoted sharing their experiences with slow service and cancelled flights. But what about... Read More

  • Occasionally people ask why nonprofits are asked to fill out so many surveys about their experiences and those of the people they serve. The answer is straightforward and unapologetic: Because nonprofits are on the frontlines seeing the problems and innovating the solutions in real time. When... Read More

  • When organizations dedicated to serving the public good can’t secure the workforce to provide vital services, the whole community suffers. That is the case right now, as thousands of nonprofit jobs go unfilled and nonprofits around the country are doing their part to raise awareness... Read More

  • The resources made available under American Rescue Plan Act to state, local, and Tribal governments, and ultimately to charitable nonprofits, have been called a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address longstanding challenges and improve conditions in communities. But, by definition, once-in-... Read More

  • What nonprofit hasn’t wistfully pondered the dream: “We want our sector to achieve the recognition, respect, and support we deserve”? Wistful no more, a relentless group of New Yorkers is doing something about it through the launch of a campaign entitled... 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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