Priorities in Advocacy: We asked, you answered

Here’s what you said.

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement works hard to advocate for its members and help them become more effective advocates themselves. Last month we asked you to tell us about the issues that matter most to you and how we can help you to advance your missions. To all who responded, thanks for sharing your feedback!

The information you provided will be used to shape our advocacy programming going forward. Here’s a summary of what’s most important to you.

Program Priorities – Hungry for Knowledge!

When asked to prioritize how the Center can be most helpful to members’ advocacy/public policy efforts, members were clear – they want to learn! 

  • Almost 40% - training for staff on the fundamentals of advocacy as the number one or two priority.
  • 31% - Educational forums with expert speakers on key public policy topics
  • 27% - Advanced advocacy training
  • 21% - Advocacy forums on issues specific to their missions

Our takeaway is that members what to learn more about the public policy issues that impact them and, most importantly, they want training to become stronger advocates on those issues.

Issues that Matter

We also asked about the specific issues you care about. At the federal level, we asked you to tell us the four issues of most concern to your organization. Listed in the top four were:

  • 48% - Impacts of tax reform on nonprofit organizations
  • 45% - Healthcare
  • 41% - Education/workforce development
  • 24% - Civil rights/race inequality
  • 24% - Fair/affordable housing

At the state and local level, responses were extremely varied and, in most cases, tailored to mission-specific issues. Affordable housing, funding for various causes, arts and education were mentioned multiple times.

In other feedback, members mentioned ideas such as help in identifying funding to support their advocacy initiatives, expanding online offerings and reaching out to a wider geographic area.

Next steps

Your feedback is incredibly valuable. It will be the guiding force as we continue to work on program offerings that address your most pressing advocacy concerns.

Watch the website for “Advocacy 101” training opportunities and educational offerings on the nuts and bolts of your hot button policy issues.

If you’d like to discuss your particular concerns in more detail, email Betty Dean, Advocacy Network Program Director, or call her at 703-659-5294.