Bolder Advocacy

Being a Better Advocate for Your Cause

You know the rules about nonprofit lobbying. What about how to be persuasive when you get the opportunity to present your case to a lawmaker? Or whether an issue is ripe to push as legislation?

Members of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners wait for a legislator meeting on their annual lobby day.

Members of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners wait for a legislator meeting on their annual lobby day.

Check out these articles for advice about how to be an effective advocate:

Tips for Building Relationships with Lawmakers

When approaching elected officials, nonprofits should see themselves not as supplicants, but as a valuable resource.

Issue Frames and Winning Campaigns

How you present your issue has everything to do with how well it will “sell” in the marketplace of ideas.

The Art of Coalitions: Building Teams of Rivals, Not Enemies

A case study in how to forge an effective coalition of unlikely allies.

Countering Opposition in Issue Campaigns

Planning ahead to stave off the opposition can make the difference between winning and losing.

Meet the Legislators: The Basics of an Effective Meeting

Savvy nonprofits invest time in getting to know legislators. Learn how to approach them and explain your cause succinctly.

The Four M’s of Crafting Policy: Establishing Priorities

How to determine which issue deserves to be at the top of your organization or coalition’s agenda.