Want to be part of NAO’s 2020 Advocacy Cohort? Here’s how!

Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in the development and implementation of public policy to promote an informed, healthy, and strong democratic society. We witness and respond to the impact of public policies on the people we serve, whether they are at-risk kids, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or those expressing themselves through the arts. Nonprofits can be an important bridge between policy makers and our communities. Effective advocacy builds your nonprofit’s capacity to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people and communities you serve. Engaging in public policy advocacy can also raise awareness of your organization’s mission, mobilize your constituents, and attract positive media attention.

For this Advocacy Cohort, NAO is inviting rural nonprofit leaders to nominate their organizations to participate in a “community of practice cohort” to develop skills and experience in advocacy work. Participating leaders will build capacities in leading advocacy through a cohort model program and increase their capacity to influence public policies efforts for their organizations and communities.

Participants will be empowered to engage through trainings, tools, resources and peer-support. Participants will be sought who span the political spectrum and need only have an interest in navigating the various formal and informal systems that often (un)intentionally prevent engagement from marginalized communities, including rural voices. The project will increase the social capital of participants by helping them to connect with other leaders.

Criteria for interested rural nonprofit organizations:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofits based and serving a rural community in one of these Oregon counties - Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Lincoln, Yamhill and Washington;
  • Nonprofits that are curious to expand their reach, but have not worked significantly in advocacy work;
  • Time and interest in the topic: The cohort will meet at least five times in 2020 with exact dates/times TBD once cohort is selected.
  • Support of your Board

Come be part of helping to shape this rural-based advocacy cohort model! If you are interested and meet the above criteria, please contact Jim White at: executivedirector@nonprofitoregon.org.