7 Ways Advocacy Newbies Can Shine Their First Day on the Job

7 Ways Advocacy Newbies Can Shine Their First Day on the Job

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 Your first task should be to learn your organization’s “story,” says David Thompson, an attorney and vice president of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits. Thompson has decades of advocacy experience on both the lawmaker the nonprofit side of government relations.

“Learn all about the activities of your organization, the solutions it provides and the impact it has, as well as understanding its place in the broader community of nonprofits,” he says.

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“It’s all about the mission,” Thompson says. “Issues come and go, people come and go, but the primary filter for determining where to spend your time is whether your action advances the organization’s mission.” He also advises that you remember that other people in your organization can greatly contribute to advancing the mission, even without being government relations professionals.

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