The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence gives you an opportunity with Nonprofit N.O.W. (Networking on Wednesday) to network with like-minded professionals while checking out new resources and latest trends in the nonprofit realm. Enjoy breakfast and a brief informational presentation from Joel Andrus, Kemper Consulting, on Nonprofit Advocacy: Yes YOU can---and SHOULD!
Advocacy is the process of stakeholders making their voices heard on issues that affect their lives and the lives of others at the local, state, and national level. It also means helping policymakers find specific solutions to persistent problems. Most nonprofits can and do engage in as much advocacy as possible to achieve their goals. When done effectively, advocacy influences public policy by providing a conduit for individuals and organizations to voice an opinion. These efforts can, in turn, sway public opinion, garner press coverage, and ultimately provide policymakers an opportunity to respond to constituents’ needs.
Have you recently invited your local elected officials to visit your organization? Do you regularly share with them the impact it has on the community? Are there ways to collaborate on a project or program? Come learn more on how you can enhance YOUR advocacy with our next Nonprofit N.O.W. session!