MAY 2024 DWTM COUNTDOWN

FIVE WAYS YOU CAN ENGAGE IN ADVOCACY AND AMPLIFY YOUR IMPACT

  1. Know Your Issue: Understand your advocacy issue thoroughly to speak confidently and credibly about it.
  2. Target Your Audience: Identify and focus on key decision-makers and stakeholders who can influence change.
  3. Craft Clear Messages: Develop concise and compelling messages that highlight the issue's importance and desired action.
  4. Collaborate Effectively: Build alliances with like-minded organizations and advocates to amplify your advocacy efforts.
  5. Use Diverse Tactics: Utilize a range of advocacy tactics, such as grassroots organizing, media outreach, and direct engagement, to achieve your goals efficiently.

FOUR VALUABLE ONLINE RESOURCES THAT CAN SUPPORT YOU IN GROWING YOUR ORGANIZATION

  1. NonprofitReady.org: Offers free online courses, training modules, and resources on topics such as fundraising, grant writing, nonprofit management, and leadership development.
  2. GuideStar.org: Provides access to nonprofit data, including financial information, mission statements, and impact reports, helping nonprofits demonstrate transparency and credibility to donors and stakeholders.
  3. TechSoup.org: Provides discounted or donated software, technology solutions, and IT support services for nonprofits, helping them improve their operational efficiency and capacity.
  4. Idealist.org: Offers a platform for nonprofits to post job listings, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising campaigns, as well as access resources and connect with other organizations and professionals in the nonprofit sector.

 

THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO ENSURE YOUR ORGANIZATION STAYS COMPLIANT

  1. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards that apply to your organization. Regularly review updates and changes to ensure ongoing compliance.
  2. Document Everything: Maintain thorough and accurate records of your organization's activities, financial transactions, policies, and compliance efforts. Documenting processes and decisions can demonstrate compliance in audits or legal situations.
  3. Seek Professional Guidance: Consult with legal advisors, compliance experts, or industry associations to get guidance on compliance requirements specific to your organization. They can provide valuable insights and help navigate complex compliance issues.

 

TWO THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MEASURE AND COMMUNICATE YOUR IMPACT:

  1. Use Metrics: Define key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics that align with your organization's goals and mission. Track these metrics regularly to assess progress and impact quantitatively.
  2. Tell Stories: Supplement quantitative data with qualitative stories and testimonials that illustrate the real-world impact of your work. Use storytelling techniques to engage stakeholders emotionally and communicate the significance of your efforts.

ONE THING I KNOW FOR SURE

"If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way mom told you in the beginning.” – Unknown