5 Reasons Why State Advocacy Rocks

5 Reasons Why State Advocacy Rocks

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Why is state-level advocacy so effective? For one thing, “because all politics is local,” says Jeff Shaw, director of public policy at the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits.

“There is an incredible amount of power that comes from talking with local politicians,” he says.

Shaw and other experts share some of the reasons why you can and should get action going in the states

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“People really chew on issues deeply from a variety of angles” at the state level, says Susie Brown, public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Because of this, the states are like “little think tanks,” she says.

Many times, if the federal government is looking at an issue, you can be sure that a number of states have already tried to tackle that same issue.

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Federal work is reactive, while work at the state level is often proactive, says David Thompson, vice president of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits.

You don’t have to do advocacy in all the states to reap a positive effect, but you do have to be aware of what’s happening in some of them. “Broaden beyond yourself,” he says.

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