Looking into the Crystal Ball: Public Policy and Foundations in 2021

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As we look forward to a world with less COVID-19, more vaccinations, and just maybe a return to a more normal day to day, I wanted to take a few moments to jot down some thoughts on what 2021 means for foundations in terms of public policy. Here are three key policy areas we will be watching.

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Two Tax Policies Affecting Foundations and Nonprofits in 2020

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You may think this is an odd beginning for a public policy blog, so please bear with me. And yes, public policy at the local, state, and federal levels can and will impact your ability to achieve your organization’s mission and day-to-day activities. I would like to highlight two examples of federal policy making from late December 2019 to illustrate this point: Unrelated Business Income Tax.

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Does Your Institution Have an Advocacy Policy?

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Ultimately, I decided we couldn't sign - not because it was the wrong thing to do, but because we didn't have any kind of policy beyond directorial discretion to decide when it might be appropriate to take a political stand as an institution. I took the issue to the board, and we agreed that we need to develop some kind of advocacy policy to be able to answer these phone calls with confidence. Our museum has a growing advocacy component to our work.

How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

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In my last post, I answered the age-old questions, “ Can my 501(c)(3) really engage in advocacy? ” With that settled, it’s time to move on to the benefits of advocacy. How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant suggest that “[a]n organization… has to walk a tightrope of building the skills necessary to engage in advocacy, while continuing to provide services (or vice versa).”[1]

Connect Supporters with Local Elected Officials using Local Advocacy


Across the country, state and local governments make meaningful policy decisions that affect nearly every issue - from preventing gun violence, to protecting the environment, or safeguarding LGBTQ rights. That’s why we expanded EveryAction’s industry-leading advocacy tools to include Local Advocacy. EveryAction clients have already used advocacy forms to send hundreds of thousands of messages to federal elected officials. Want to learn more about advocacy tools?

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Advocating Nonprofit Advocacy: The Myth That 501(C)(3)s Can’t Engage in Advocacy

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When I encounter 501(c)(3) organizations that would be suited well to engage in online advocacy but don’t currently have programs set up, I tend to hear the same story, “We don’t want to engage in advocacy because we don’t want to risk losing our 501(c)(3) status.” It is a common misconception amongst nonprofits today that advocacy brings a risk of losing nonprofit status, but this perception is pure myth. Often, engaging in advocacy means a connection to public funding.

Advocacy & Facebook Political Ads: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

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foreign policy. Advocacy Nonprofit Nonprofit Marketing Facebook fundraising campaigns nonprofit marketingWhat’s up with Facebook Political Ads? If you use Facebook, you probably have noticed how the news feed presents political or issue-related ads. In addition to designating the ad as “sponsored”, political and issue-related ads have an info icon which expands to display the organization that paid for the ad.

Advocacy Policy, Part Two - And Why Now is an Especially Good Time to Create One

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A few months ago, the MAH board and staff started discussing whether and how to create a formal policy for advocacy activities. Want to go straight to the policy? Why create an advocacy policy? Regardless of your institutional mission, nonprofits are all in the advocacy business. If you want to be engaged in 2016 ballot measures relevant to your institution or community, now is a great time to develop a policy for how and when to do so.

Nonprofit Advocacy Can Be a Force Multiplier for Social Change

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For many years, people frequently suggested that Benetech , the nonprofit tech company I founded and lead, get more involved in Washington, DC policy and legislative action. Our longest-term donor, the Skoll Foundation , went so far as to introduce me to a DC-based advocacy firm. My reaction was that this kind of advocacy work was a luxury we couldn’t afford. That’s when I called that advocacy firm, a “luxury” that soon became indispensable.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


As policy changes unfold at the federal, state and local levels, the communities and issues we care about as corporate social responsibility professionals inevitably face uncertainty. The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest national gathering of student leaders, administrators, faculty, and nonprofit staff committed to engaging students in service, activism, politics, advocacy, and other socially responsible work. It's finally here!

3 Lessons from Museums Advocacy Day

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At the end of February, I attended the first of (what I hope will be) many Museums Advocacy Days (MAD) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. There were sessions specific to each policy issue, as well as sessions about how to frame your message. I hope you take something from my lessons you can bring with you next time you’re advocating…whether for policy reform, funding for your next capital campaign, or even just the logistics for your next fundraising event.

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11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know


Across America, Hispanic and Latino organizations are leading the way in every realm, including advocacy, education, healthcare, and social services. Founded in 1981, NALEO Educational Fund achieves its mission through integrated strategies that include increasing the effectiveness of Latino policymakers, mobilizing the Latino community to engage in civic life and promoting policies that advance Latino political engagement.

Twitter/Facebook: Time Well-Spent for Child/Youth Advocates? | Connect for Kids / Child Advocacy 360 / Youth Policy Action Center

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Connect for Kids / Child Advocacy 360 / Youth Policy Action Center: "Twitter/Facebook: Time Well-Spent for Child/Youth Advocates?by by Ray Schultz, Child Advocacy 360This year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference drew standing-room only crowds to sessions on social media. Twitter/Facebook: Time Well-Spent for Child/Youth Advocates? But one question remained unanswered after hours of talk: Can Twitter

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What is a Digital Advocacy Strategy and Why Do You Need One?

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The short answer: a good digital advocacy strategy helps an advocate win! A clear, practical digital strategy helps any advocacy organization or advocacy campaign understand what they need to do online and why. Start by joining the webinar I’ll be presenting this Wednesday at 2 PM Eastern through Blackbaud, where we’ll walk through the process of conceiving and implementing a digital strategy for practical advocacy.

How the Parkland Students are Changing the Rules for Advocacy Nonprofits

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In the nonprofit advocacy world, we’re used to having to fire people up. We send out action alerts, blog passionately, share petitions on Facebook and upload videos highlighting the stakes involved in our various policy fights, all intended to spark people to take action. On the internet, no one knows you’re a dog – or that your highly effective advocacy campaign is run by teenagers. How Can Advocacy Organizations Embrace a New Kind of Advocacy Campaign?

Advocacy Tools, Blogs, Webinars, and More

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With midterm elections in play, you’ll need a go-to advocacy resource to help you galvanize your supporters to influence policy and the debate. Below is a round-up of advocacy tools and tips for nonprofits that you probably won’t find anywhere else but here at npENGAGE. Turn Your Advocacy Supporters into Donors. Read >> 9 Ways Social Media Helps Nonprofits Ignite Supporter-Led Advocacy. Read >> The Myth That 501(C)(3)s Can’t Engage in Advocacy.

Our EveryAction Hero: Rock the Vote


We called up Jen Tolentino, Director of Policy & Civic Tech at Rock the Vote to talk about their mobilization strategy and the role of technology in organizing. One is doing advocacy around ensuring voting rights and access to democracy work for young people. Rock the Vote uses EveryAction forms for event sign ups, advocacy, and finding your elected officials. Rock the Vote has been mobilizing the youth vote for almost 30 years.

Social Media in the Nonprofit Workplace: Does Your Organization Need A Social Media Policy?

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Photo by Terry Bain in Flickr I've been hearing a lot lately from folks who work in nonprofits asking for examples of "social media or social networking policies." But, if an organization simply cuts and pastes a social media policy without the internal culture change, it won't be effective. But the policy can only be effective if the organization's culture can become agile enough to allow the rapid response to stakeholders and accommodate experimentation.

8 Organizations to Support this Black History Month


The Urban League of Portland was established in 1945 making it one of the oldest African American service, civil rights, and advocacy organizations in the region. Through long-term sustained engagement with Black voters, BlackPAC is committed to holding public officials accountable to policies that defend the rights and promotes the dignity of the Black community. Since then, the organization has evolved to address policy issues as well.

Our EveryAction Hero: Texas Watch


Texas Watch is a nonpartisan citizen advocacy group founded in 1998. With the Texas legislative session currently in progress, I called Tara Lee, Development Director of Texas Watch to talk about current policy issues and how they work to bridge the divide between their community and the political process. Given that you’re an advocacy focused organization what’s the process of engaging with supporters from the moment they sign a petition.

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New Poll Offers Insights on Driving Political and Policy Conversations


Whether or not your work is directly related to politics and policy in Washington, DC, the political climate will have an impact on how your members, donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders receive your communications. The proclivities of the persuadable Switchers should matter to campaigning nonprofits because these voters will drive political and policy conversation over the next 12 months. Marketing Research Online Advocacy Online Marketing Trends

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A Social Media Strategy for Scientific Research or Policy Impact

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Recently, I've been getting a question like that goes something like this, "All this social media stuff is great if you're fund raising or selling something or running a grassroots advocacy campaign, but what if you're focusing on carefully vetted scientific research or want to impact policy? They do offer our opinions or promote any one policy or get into politics. . I encounter a lot of social media skeptics who ask me pointed questions.

NetCentric Advocacy: ProxyDemocracy: How did your fund vote on Animal Welfare Policy at 3M?

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NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Video Volunteers | Welcome | Main | Santa Fe Institute Research Topics - Physics of Complex Systems: Network Resources » September 13, 2007 ProxyDemocracy: How did your fund vote on Animal Welfare Policy at 3M? Shareholders vote on policies that guide how the company acts.

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New Report Highlights the Advocacy Gap


That is a ton of advocacy. How do activists experience advocacy, and how is it received by its ostensible targets on the Hill? The elevator summary: there is a significant "Advocacy Gap," a disconnect between how activists mobilize and how Hill staff say they should mobilize to move policy. The complete report is available here: Advocacy and online action is essentially synonymous amongst activists. Online Advocacy Trends nptech

Our EveryAction Hero: Healthier Colorado


Healthier Colorado is a nonprofit working to elevate the voices of Coloradans in the public policy process, ensuring healthier standards of living across the state’s diverse communities. I had the opportunity to chat with Communications Director, Ryan Sims, on engagement strategies, creating personal connections with your audience, and how Healthier Colorado marries organizing and advocacy through EveryAction. How do you incorporate grassroots organizing into your advocacy strategy?

#SocialCongress – Perceptions and Use of Social Media on Capitol Hill

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What actually works in terms of influencing public policy? Respondents included communications directors and legislative directors in the House and Senate—the very people who review content posted on social media and decide how to integrate it into public policy actions. Nonprofit Marketing #socialcongress Advocacy Congressional Management Foundation public policy Social Media

Nonprofit Blogging and Social Networking Policies: Examples?

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When I was in Minnesota, one of the questions I got was about blogging and social networking policies. Now, I swear I remember seeing something from Easter Seals or another nonprofit on a listserv that mentioned either social networking policy or blogging policy. Do any nonprofits have a formal blogging policy? How do you determine when a blogging policy is needed? How do organizations create policies? Anne Gentile comments on Sun Blogging Policy.

The Secret Ingredient to Wining Advocacy Campaigns


Advocacy and corporate accountability campaigns are some of the longest and toughest fights for nonprofits to win. But the excitement around advocacy and corporate accountably campaigns can quickly loose steam if your organization falls into the trap of developing strategies and tactics that focus on persuading key decision makers rather then building power and pressuring them. Online Advocacy Online Marketing Online Organizing

From Advocate to Donor in 4 Steps

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An essential part of many nonprofits’ missions is to advocate for public policyAdvocacy Fundraising

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How Nonprofits Can Engage Volunteers in Advocacy

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During my Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) studies, I gained an appreciation for volunteers and an interest in how volunteers can engage in advocacy. The terms advocacy and lobbying are generally used interchangeably to describe how nonprofits influence legislation and public policy. During my MNLM studies, I learned to appreciate a new definition of advocacy. A micro-advocacy program should include these considerations: Define Your Goal.

Not all knowledge is evidence, not all good advocacy is evidence based. Disagree.

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Not all good advocacy is evidence based". All good advocacy is evidence based. The practice of advocacy itself is built on a historical record that shows advocacy is the necessary requirement for policy change. Some believe advocacy is more of a dark art than an evidence based approach to creating policy change. Evidence suggests advocacy is required to create any policy change. Evidence teaches us how to refine advocacy efforts.

Why You Should Encourage Social Advocacy among B2B Employees


Actively advocate for competitors, especially when they have opposing policies. Offering incentives for active social media participation is also a great way to drive employee advocacy. Now that you’ve seen how beneficial employee social media advocacy can be, I bet you want to know how to get started. Guest post by Daniel Kushner, CEO of Oktopost.com. ————– “Social media wasn’t made for businesses, it was made for people.”

Compound Bow, Longbow and Bowling Balls. Network-Centric Advocacy: Potential Energy with the Advocacy Movement.

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These same forces exist within advocacy. In our world when we are working to “displace some quantity of mass” we are talking about influence in culture, policy, opinion and actions. Advocacy Strategy Communication Technology Current Affairs Examples of Network-Centric Advocacy Campaigns netcentric Organizing Guide Personal Rants

Nonprofit Fundraising and Advocacy

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Yet, nonprofits don’t see the connection to advocacy for the people they serve as their major fundraising activity. Yet many nonprofit groups sit on the sidelines pretending that advocacy is not within their mission. Advocacy is always controversial. Nonprofits can legally do advocacy by following the state and IRS rules. All these can and must be confronted and challenged by embracing a pragmatic process of agency advocacy. posted by. Timothy J.

Great reads from around the web on August 24th

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Whether you’re introducing a change in ownership, new staff, policy change, technical update, or something else, community members sometimes resist change. " roundup advocacy bookmarks boundaries campaign casestudy change commbuild community communitymanagement contest data energy fundraising giving howto list maps philanthropy policy postalicious rapid response resources scae socialmedia twitter

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Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

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According to research by the Congressional Management Foundation, nearly half of congressional staff believe that “most advocacy campaigns of identical form messages are sent without the constituent’s knowledge or approval.”. At the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) , the advocacy affiliate to the American Cancer Society , we have a volunteer like Susan in every congressional district. This includes grassroots, field, media, policy and lobbying.

7 Nonprofits Fighting for Immigrant Rights


From legal work to advocacy to grassroots mobilization, these 7 organizations highlighted below are fighting to ensure that immigrant rights are human rights. Check out their publications detailing “DACA, and Other Policies Designed to Protect Dreamers.”. With their robust grassroots networks, United We Dream leverages the power of youth to advocate for social and political change through allyships with advocacy organizations and toolkits for activist leaders.

Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


Legal Advocacy. Lambda Legal Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal does not charge clients for legal representation or advocacy, and receives no government funding - it depends on contributions from supporters around the country. advocacy

Case Study in Collaboration: Youth Policy Action Center - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60) The Forum convened these groups and they agreed to work together to do what no single organization could do on their own - build a large online audience for action on youth policy.

Making Sense of Social Media Advocacy in 2018

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For individual advocates, I think the answer is almost always “yes” Facebook can be a powerful tool for peer-to-peer advocacy: when a friend shares a story, a meme or even an action alert, we’re more likely to notice it and take it seriously than if it came directly from a nonprofit or campaign. What’s a digital advocacy campaign manager to do? But most advocacy campaigns can’t just give people what they want!

Looking ahead; The trends that complement your advocacy strategy.

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Our actions as organizers, policy advocactes, and nonprofit managers have effects that extend beyond our organization. Advocacy Strategy Communication Technology Current Affairs Personal RantsHere is a thought provoking overview of business strategy ( the ideas ~slide 24 on complements and core business). The focus is on the power of platforms and drives home the advantage to building an "ecosystem" of activity that builds on itself and in the process drives the platform success.

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month


Pride Fund to End Gun Violence is a Political Action Committee (PAC) that supports candidates who will act on sensible gun policy reforms while championing LGBTQ safety and equality. The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. The foundation offers grant funding to nonprofits that work to advance equality through research, education, policy, and the legal system.

New Orleans here I come! The Social Enterprise Summit 2009

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I'm especially excited about the significant focus on public policy and advocacy for social entrepreneurship. We were lucky to have the support of the Surdna Foundation for a policy-specific conference track. Tags: advocacy social enterprise Social Enterprise Alliance policy Surdna Social innovation New Orleans Obama social entrepreneurs se-alliance I'm getting ready to head to the Social Enterprise Summit 2009 next month in New Orleans.