Advocacy & Civic Engagement

Resources related to political advocacy and lobbying activities.

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

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Seven Questions to Answer Before You Make Your Ask

While written to help nonprofit leaders think strategically about public policy advocacy, these seven steps are useful to follow when developing fundraising asks, internal programmatic or organizational policy proposals, or other kinds of requests.

 

What outcome do you want? Are there short-term steps that will help you reach that ultimate goal?

Stating your mission may help to introduce your organization to your audience, but it helps your audience if you offer a specific step they can take right now.

 

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