Advocacy & Civic Engagement

Resources related to political advocacy and lobbying activities.

Call with Confidence: Ten Tips for Talking with Policy Makers

Lisa Hazirjian, Ph.D., Win Together Consulting

I have a confession to make: I get a little nervous whenever I call a policy maker. OK, more than a little. We’re talking heart racing as I dial, grabbing a sip of water for my dry mouth as I wait for someone to pick up the phone. Yet despite that, when there’s a public policy question on which I want to be heard, I call my elected officials because I’ve seen firsthand what a difference phone calls from constituents can make.

A Nonprofit Conversation with State Legislators

A bipartisan panel of state legislators will discuss state policy priorities in 2021 and give a preview of the process for developing the state budget. The panel will also share tips on effective ways for nonprofits to advocate for their missions and insights on opportunities for nonprofits to engage with elected officials during the pandemic. We will have a moderated Q&A session to allow participants a chance to get input from the legislative panelists.

 

Presenter: David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Policy Briefing

Get an overview of the latest federal COVID-19 relief plans – including the American Rescue Plan Act – the state budget and major legislation affecting nonprofits, and potential policy solutions that could help nonprofits during the 2021 NC legislative session.

 

Presenter: David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Recording length: 1 hour, 2 minutes

 

Communications in a Post-COVID World: How to Advocate Strategically for Your Nonprofit’s Mission

When COVID-19 hit, our world changed. Organizations had to decide how to move forward while dealing with unanswered questions about what this would mean for your team, for your stakeholders, and for your partners. While nonprofits’ missions are more important than ever, the public, media, and funders are focused on work and messages directly related to COVID-19.

Beyond Heroism: Nonprofit Communications Tactics for Essential Employee Advocacy

The COVID-19 pandemic launched essential employees into the spotlight. Suddenly, everyone from local nonprofits to massive corporations wanted to uplift these team members. For some, it was a PR tactic; for others, it was the perfect time to highlight the critical work of essential employees, often without the salaries or recognition they deserve.

Pandemic Recovery and Public-Private Partnerships

With program demands and financial stresses on nonprofits likely to increase in 2021, how can public and private partnerships work better together to support fragile nonprofit operations and disrupted service delivery systems caused by COVID-19?  How can they complement and leverage each other’s resources to strengthen nonprofits’ capacity to continue to deliver vital services? This workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges of these partnerships to support the nonprofit sector in the new world order.

Recording length: 1 hour, 13 minutes