Best Practices and Successful Advocacy Stories in the Field
On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the Partners for Health Foundation hosted a non-profit advocacy learning session titled “Adding Advocacy to the Toolbox.” The session was held at the Van Vleck House in Montclair and featured three panelists who spoke about the importance of non-profit organizations engaging in advocacy.
About 50 individuals representing nonprofit organizations from the Foundation’s service area attended this event.
The panel discussion was led by John Mooney, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Editor of NJ Spotlight and touched on best practices and successful advocacy stories in the field. The panelists included:
Brandon McKoy, the director of government and public affairs at New Jersey Policy Perspective, works to ensure that NJPP’s research, advocacy, and government relationships are efficiently driving a state policy agenda for economic justice and shared prosperity.
Monarch Housing’s Kate Kelly, who shared her experience of advocacy in the work to end homelessness and creating affordable housing and how lessons learned can be used for a variety of issues.
Cecilia Zalkind, President and CEO of Advocates for Children of New Jersey shared her long history of leadership in advocating for children, especially in the areas of child welfare, early care and education, and health care.
The panelists spoke about how non-profits can successfully advocate for their causes. Some suggestions included forging relationships with legislators and their staffs, holding a variety of advocacy events, and using reliable data and evidence to strengthen their cases.
Kate specifically spoke on how important it is for non-profits to establish relationships with legislators and their staffs, regardless of party affiliation. She urged non-profits to establish these relationships early on and keep occasional contact to ensure that your organization is kept on their radar. She also encouraged partnerships and coalitions among non-profits, stressing that coalitions are usually are much stronger and more credible than stand-alone organizations.
Partners for Health Foundation’s vision is focused on making our 15 communities healthier, better places to live. The Foundation’s mission is to invest in programs and policies through collaborations that will lead to healthy communities and healthy lifestyles.
On July 25th, a Congressional Reception will be held at the Dirksen Senate Auditorium in Washington D.C. This event will allow New Jersey Residents who are working poor, below the poverty line and or impacted by homelessness to urge their elected officials in Washington to make No Cuts to Housing and remind them that pOportunity Starts at Home.