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Increased Nonprofit Advocacy Resources Coming to Maine

by Molly O'Connell

At MANP we strive to provide Maine nonprofits with leadership and capacity building on public policy issues and are pleased to share some exciting news from our national partners. Earlier this week the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI), which has trained thousands of nonprofits to advocate legally and effectively since 1998 , has transferred its nonprofit advocacy training materials and curriculum to our national partner, the National Council of Nonprofits, “The Council”.  

“Over the years CLPI and the National Council of Nonprofits have enjoyed a special relationship, based in part on the firmly shared view that nonprofit advocacy training can be both nonpartisan and non-ideological.  Policymakers need to be informed by the voices of those whose lives will be affected. With the nonprofit sector employing almost 10 percent of our nation’s workforce and nonprofits on the front lines of the most challenging issues facing every community in America, policymakers need to hear from nonprofits.” ~Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council.

At a time when nonprofits are faced with increasing challenges, it is more important than ever for all of us to be effective advocates, for our own nonprofit’s mission and for the sector as a whole. The Council’s announcement highlights the role state associations play in supporting and promoting nonprofit advocacy efforts. As a member of the State Association Network of The Council, we will now be able to strengthen our work in this area by putting CLPI’s powerful resources to work for nonprofits here in Maine.  Additionally MANP members are automatically members of The Council with full benefits and will be able to access these resources directly.

We look forward to sharing more details on how these new resources will be deployed in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, we encourage you to share your ideas, insights, and inspiration about ways to maximize the effectiveness of nonprofit advocacy by sharing comments on this post or via a National Council survey.

2 thoughts on “Increased Nonprofit Advocacy Resources Coming to Maine

Kate Dempsey says:

This is great news for Maine and the community. Congratulations – Kate Dempsey, The Nature Conservancy

I don’t personally live in Maine, but I am happy to see that things are going well over there for your community!

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