Advocacy (part 3): Advocating for an Organization

First off, I want to apologize for being late on the past two blogs. I know I said that I would post once a week, and lately its been more like a week in a half. Also, my post quality has been on the decline as of late. I’m going to try and be better. I promise.

Anyways…

Wellspring Living

Today, in my non-profit management class, we had presentations on how we would fundraise for the organizations in which we have our field placements. (Mine is Wellspring Living, go check it out.) These presentations could not have lined up better with the fact that I am blogging tonight about advocating for a nonprofit organization. I am overwhelmed by the commitment to causes and creativity of the people I have the honor to sit in class with.

Advocating for a nonprofit organization is in some ways very easy. For example, it is not difficult when  advocating for a 501(c)3 organization to convince people of the legitimacy of what you are advocating for. However, it can also be difficult because there may be some red tape within the organization for you to go around in order for you to partner with the organization you would like to partner with as an advocate.

Notice how I said partner? That is necessary in order to be a successful advocate. This is true for multiple reasons. They want to know what you are doing because maybe they already have resources to use. Additionally, you want to be sure that you are distributing correct information to a constituency that the organization is interested in reaching out to.

So, how does one go about becoming an advocate for a nonprofit organization? Here are some tips.

  • Commit.
    Make sure that you will follow through with advocacy. Every volunteer, whether hands-on or through advocacy, is a cost to the

    Mary Frances Bowley Advocating for her organization

    organization unless they are making a valuable contribution. Commit to making a valuable contribution.

  • Establish.
    Develop a relationship with the organization. This can start with something as simple as sending an email explaining that you want to help make other people aware of the great work they are doing.
  • Plan.
    Whether you are going to advocate through a large event or just bringing it up in your social circles, plan in detail what you are will do to advocate for the organization and ask them to approve it first.
  • Carry Out.
    Now, just move forward with the great work that you will do.

It is that simple. Anyone can do this, so why shouldn’t it be you? If you cannot think of an organization to advocate for, check out the list below for some great organizations that rely heavily on volunteer advocacy and provide great resources to do it.

A group of LIFT advocates

Become an Ambassador for Not for Sale (human trafficking)

Put on an Awareness Event for Bite Back (Malaria)

Become a LIFT advocate (domestic poverty)

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