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Everyday Advocacy (Partner Webinar)

Oct. 16, 2019, 3pm-4pm ET


This event is offered in partnership with Washington Nonprofits

Your nonprofit is building something important. You and your colleagues are creating a structure that allows you to fully achieve your mission and make your community vibrant and strong. Your organization's "house" should include a structure for public policy advocacy. But what does that mean? How do you get ready to step into advocacy? What should your organization be doing everyday to be ready?

This workshop will cover the foundations of advocacy for nonprofits. These are steps all nonprofits should take to be ready to speak on behalf of their cause. You do not need to understand legal rules or register as a lobbyist to take these steps to strengthen your organization.

This webinar will introduce key principles in Washington Nonprofit's new toolkit, Build A Movement!

By the end of this webinar, you will be able to:
  • List key people on your team (both inside and outside your organization) and what role they will play.
  • Describe one aspect of your organization's culture that supports (or could support!) your advocacy work.
  • Explain where advocacy shows up in your organization's current planning documents.
  • Tell a story that illustrates why a policy change will make a difference in your community.
  • Name at least one activity related to advocacy that you will move forward within your organization.

Intended Audience
This webinar is for any nonprofit staff or board who want to lay the groundwork for their organization to advocate for its mission. The principles we lay out in Part 1 are valuable to any mission-driven nonprofit organization, regardless of whether they intend to lobby for public policy changes. They are also foundational elements that your organization should put in place prior to beginning to lobby. This is the place to start, especially if you still need to build buy-in internally about the value of advocacy.

About the Presenters 

Laura Pierce became Washington Nonprofits' Executive Director in May 2017 after serving as the organization's Interim Executive Director and having been a member and partner with Washington Nonprofits for many years. She has been the owner and principal consultant of Laura Pierce Consulting. Laura has worked in and with nonprofit organizations since 1989, including fund development, community organizing, and executive management positions. Since 1998, she has consulted with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, assisting with strategic planning, board development, organizational assessment and capacity building.

David Streeter is Washington Nonprofits' Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. David is passionate about supporting  nonprofits' work by educating about public policy and creating opportunities for action. Before moving to Seattle, David held positions as the Public Policy Manager for The Forbes Funds' Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership in Pittsburgh, PA and as the Press Secretary for the National Jewish Democratic Council in Washington, DC. He is originally from Los Gatos, CA and received his BA and MPA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. On the weekends, David can be found hunting for vinyl records and exploring Seattle with his wife and dog.

Cost + Registration 

  • MANP Members Save 50%! 
  • $20 Members / $40 Non-members - Use Discount Code MANP at checkout
  • This online course will be recorded; the recordings and all materials will be made available to all registered participants. Participants who are unable to attend the course will still have access to all the materials. 

Registration for this event is managed through our partner, Washington Nonprofits. Click here to register.

Questions? Email Tom Lang, Director of e-Learning at Washington Nonprofits, at tom@washingtonnonprofits.org

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