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:

  • Here are some radical thoughts. The world doesn’t end after an election or hibernate for two years. Nor does the world brighten and all woes disappear because legislation has been signed into law. The monumental moments may get marked on calendars, but it’s often the hard slogging in the weeds... Read More

  • What’s a great law that’s not implemented? A waste of time.

    Follow-through isn’t just important; it’s essential if the time and effort dedicated to passing the law are to be redeemed. Here are two examples, both related to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) enacted by Congress in March... Read More

  • Elections give charitable nonprofits the opportunity to raise candidates’ awareness about both the impact of their organizations and the needs in communities. An excellent tool for generating profound insights is the nonpartisan candidate questionnaire.

  • Regular readers of Nonprofit Advocacy Updates are well aware that public policy challenges can undermine the work of charitable organizations. That’s one reason, out of many, nonprofits need to be transparent and operate ethically. Any action that breaches the public’s trust can hurt... Read More

  • Contrary to the assumptions of some, election season isn’t a time for charitable nonprofits to lay low and avoid engaging with candidates for public office lest they be considered acting in a partisan manner. True, nonprofit nonpartisanship is the law and the smart way to maintain public trust.... 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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