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.

Member Spotlight: Q and A with our AFJ member organization, the National Council of Jewish Women

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Stay connected with NCJW at, @NCJW or

OUR STORIES: MICOP Tells Us How Bolder Advocacy Helped Them

MICOP advocates for the indigenous community across 5 areas: Health and Community Access; Community Organizing; Education; Direct Assistance; and Cultural Promotion. We wanted to make sure that as a nonprofit, that we were doing everything in compliance with the law. Click above to learn more!

Nonprofit Coalition Saves Health Coverage for 5,000 Fresnans

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.

Gun Violence v. Public Health: Should the CDC or the NRA decide?

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.