Nonprofits are more important than ever before

November 10, 2016

 

The country is still reeling from the aftermath of the presidential elections. There is a lot at stake for marginalized communities. Many are grieving, fearful, and anxious for their and their children’s future. It’s ok to process this outcome in a way that is best for you.

 

For the nonprofit community, the consequences that will unfold from this are still unknown. What we do know is that while we cannot control other people’s behavior we can control our response to it. Rather than speculate about unknown possibilities, it is now more critical than ever to protect and advance the things that we value.

 

  • Advocacy is the best way to get your local, state, and national representatives to hear your voice and understand that your initiative is important to the voters they represent. Here are tips from 5 of the nation’s best advocates.

  • Teach people how to tell their stories. Personal stories are extremely powerful and an important tool to magnify conversations around systemic inequalities and lift up the voices of the communities we care about.

  • Build strong relationships through regular communications with your stakeholders to keep them informed, eager to support your mission, and equipped to share a vision that we are all proud to be a part of.

  • Engage with individuals with views outside of your own. We are a nation of diverse perspectives and while we will not always agree on issues we must be willing to share a common ground to break down barriers to protect our communities, country, and planet.

 

Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. We need to work together, with respect for our differences, to build a stronger, equitable, and more inclusive America.

 

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