by. Stephanie F. Meincke, President and CEO Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance
I don’t know about you, but this warm, spring-like weather has me confused as to what season I am in, and thus, what I am supposed to be doing. I am not complaining, mind you. Usually, when it gets this warm, it’s time for the General Assembly to descend on Little Rock which means it’s time for the advocates to scramble. For the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, it means the beginning of an exciting new direction for us. Our new Program Manager, Rebecca Zimmermann, has jumped in and begun organizing ANA to ramp up our advocacy efforts.
Yes, I know we co-brand Advocacy Matters with our national affiliate, the National Council of Nonprofits. I know we get the word out when there is something bad looming on the horizon. It takes more than that, though, to be effective in advocating for the nonprofit community. It takes focus, planning, and most importantly, YOU. I once had a professor who told me that if you wanted to see social change, you either needed to have a lot of money or a lot of people. I believe you know which category we all fall into!
Good advocacy, though, is more than fighting off bad laws, rules and regulations and short-sighted appropriations bills. It is also about proactively developing policies, procedures and funding that supports the nonprofit community and the people we serve. Good advocacy is something we do every day, not just with legislators and local officials. It is also how we tell our stories in our communities.
Call Rebecca at 501-375-1223 and tell her you want to get on board the Advocacy Train at the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance. Check out our Everyday Advocacy webinar and don’t miss our workshops Advancing Your Mission- How Lending Your Voice on Budget and Tax Policies Can Make Your Clients’ Lives Better. Most importantly, become an integral part of our voice on behalf of nonprofits in Arkansas.