Advocacy can be a powerful catalyst for change. It can improve the laws, policies, and systems that impact entire communities. And it’s not as difficult as you might think. See how others have successfully used advocacy to achieve their goals in our latest report or through the stories below.
On June 10th, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 10, making California the first state to ask federal officials to allow undocumented immigrants in the state to buy health insurance through its state exchange, Covered California. Immigrant rights’ advocates applauded this step towards health care for all Californians, including those who are undocumented. While this is a notable example of nonprofits in California coalescing to advocate for the health rights of undocumented immigrants, it is not the first. The Health for All Fresnans campaign from a few years ago is a welcome reminder of the impact that nonprofits can have when they organize and advocate.
Did you know that there is a congressional ban preventing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence? With approximately 30,000 gun related deaths per year, the rate of gun violence in the United States is unparalleled by any other country in the developed world, yet Congress continues to deny that it is a public health issue. The American Medical Association recognizes that the only way to save the thousands of lives affected by gun violence is by lifting the congressional ban so that the CDC can research gun violence and recommend appropriate action to help lower the death toll.
Laurel O’Sullivan, principal and founder of The Advocacy Collaborative, says we need to talk about advocacy as a leadership strategy and a driver for advancing mission with impact. Read about the AdvocacyForward framework that gives advocacy the same management primacy as fundraising or programs.
How a big-tent approach and a focus on credible research mobilized Texas foundations to join together to protest deep cuts in education spending.
Hugh Hogan of North Star Fund explains how investing in grassroots advocacy helped curtail a controversial practice.
Including transgender people in the Senate version of ENDA was something activists had been unable to do in earlier efforts.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance, NELP, the Direct Care Alliance, and others pushed the Obama administration for basic labor protections.
Family Forward Oregon, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, led a broad coalition to score a victory for workers.
A look at the strategy behind the National Women’s Law Center’s innovative online media campaign.
The American Cancer Society’s 501(c)(4) organization lobbies on critical health issues – like funding for cancer research and smoking bans in cities and states.