Non-profit Advocacy

April 6, 2011 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

So many organizations and their leaders shy away from “advocacy” or don’t realize that to be effective you have to advocate for the people and communities you serve. That means more than just communicating needs and solutions to each other but to funders and elected officials. Advocacy is education and outreach at all levels and we cannot allow ourselves to abdicate this responsibility. Where do decision-makers get their information? Not from silence.

I recently read a blog post, “Nonprofits Must Stand Up and Fight for Themselves, or Perish” by Tom Sheridan that highlights this issue while discussing proposed federal budget cuts. I recommend reading the post and the comments for a reminder about why advocacy is vitally important. Here’s the link.

Non-profit organizations “support programs that do the bulk of the work that most Americans expect from their government — educating children, caring for the sick, and strengthening communities. They form the basis of the American social contract.”  -Tom Sheridan

Who else better understands the problems and has recommendations for policy based in solutions and knowledge than the non-profits that serve those in need?

-Rebecca

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