Learning Lab: Advocacy

Start Date and Time: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Organization Name: 
Santa Fe Community Foundation
Event Topic: 

Often, in trying to offer the best possible services to their clients, non-profit professionals find themselves bumping up against the same systemic barriers over and over again. Many of these barriers can be traced back to broken policies that have been adopted at the local, state or federal levels. Policy advocacy is an important mechanism for overcoming those barriers and impacting not only your clients, but people in similar circumstances who you will never serve.

This session is geared for non-profit leaders who feel that policy advocacy could be an important part of fulfilling their mission and a way to more thoroughly meet their clients’ needs. It will benefit organizations who are just beginning the exploration process, as well as organizations who have included advocacy in their strategic plan and are early in the implementation stages.

The session will help you explore whether policy advocacy could be part of your mission and help you understand how advocacy will impact the daily operations of your organization. It will also introduce a process for assessing whether or not advocacy is right for you and help you begin the process of planning to add advocacy to your operations.

Learning objectives:

  • Assess whether or not your non-profit may be able to enhance its mission by adding relevant policy advocacy to your work;
  • Learn which areas of your operation will be most impacted by advocacy work;
  • Discover a deliberate process for determining whether advocacy is right for your organization;
  • Understand the elements for developing a plan to make the organizational transition into advocacy

This session is available for remote access; see registration and join us from the convenience of your own desk. 

Audience:  Nonprofits that provide direct services and want to expand their mission by moving into policy advocacy.

Presenter:  Jennifer Billig is a consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in cross-sector systems change, policy advocacy and organizational development. She is a co-founder and leader of the Santa Fe Housing Action Coalition and is a consultant to Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in developing and implementing a new advocacy program. Jennifer led the business and jobs initiatives for Mile High Connects, a Metro Denver equity coalition based at The Denver Foundation and helped create a profitable new line of business for a Boulder nonprofit. Jennifer also developed and built a national advocacy campaign to mobilize health care professionals for healthier food and farming systems, worked as an aide to a mayor, and a city councilor and served as a strategist and advisor to mayors and city managers around the country, including in Dallas, San Jose, and Redmond, WA. Jennifer has led transformational change efforts inside several public agencies and managed political campaigns. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and was awarded an Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship in 1999. You can find her at alignforaction.com.

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