Build A Movement!
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download all the Build A Movement Learning Documents on The Washington Nonprofit Institute website</span></div><div><br></div> www.wanonprofitinstitute.org Build A Movement Learning Documents – The Washington Nonprofit Institute
<div><b>What do we mean by "public policy?"</b></div><div>Public policy is a system of actions, regulations, laws, and funding priorities taken by a government. Policy supports public purposes, which are often aligned with nonprofit causes. By understanding how to use public policy, you can leverage a whole new set of opportunities to better</div><div>achieve your mission.</div>
<div>The more your board and staff know about your sector, work, or organization, the better they will be able to advocate with policy makers, decision-makers, and your community. </div>
<div>It is helpful to hone your skills before entering conversations where you need to make your case. You also need to understand how government works and which policymakers to talk to. </div>
<div>You are “in the loop” on what local and national coalitions and other groups are working on. You know what is going on generally in the policy world related to your work. You receive regular digests or other information. You share relevant information with your board or staff. </div>
<div>Why does your organization exist? What difference do you hope to make in the world? What problem was so bad—or opportunity so important—that a community of people banded together to do something about it? </div><div>A board that deeply understands its purpose is better positioned to build connections to further your mission. </div>
<div>There are many coalitions in our communities already working on issues we care about. Our first order of business is to find them and connect to them. If there is not a coalition working on your issue, consider connecting your partners. Create the space for shared conversations about how to influence policy. </div>
<div>Building a movement really means mobilizing people for your cause. People coming together around a shared purpose can effectively move policy and practice. Your work, stories, and connections play key roles in catalyzing the energy of your supporters towards solutions. </div>
<div>You are already telling the story of your organization to donors and your community. The materials you share should include your advocacy work. Your board and staff know that policy is one way that you achieve your mission. </div>
<div>You have a written plan that provides clear direction to the organization and its leaders. You have a consistent message about primary and second issues related to your work. You have identified core areas of interest. </div>
<div>You have a powerful tool to draw someone into your cause: Storytelling. By telling a story, you use a well-tested structure to convey a larger message of struggle and achievement. You humanize the issue. </div>
<div>A partner organization has written a letter about an important policy decision in front of the legislature. They ask your organization to “sign on” to the letter, meaning to commit to the position stated in the letter in a public way. You are ready: You know the issue and you have a process in place to approve the action. Alternatively, your organization may take the lead and ask others to participate. </div>
<div>You or a board member testifies in front of a committee in Olympia. You deliver a short presentation of information and story to influence a decision being made.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div>
<div>You invite your community to learn more and take action related to an urgent issue. </div>
<div>You write and submit an Op-Ed or a Letter to the Editor on a policy issue to your local newspaper. You present compelling information and issue a “call to action.” </div>
<div>You have determined that you are lobbying above the threshold for report- ing. You need to register with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission as a lobbyist. </div>
<div>Power speaks when it comes to shaping policy. Power opens doors, makes connections, and elevates an issue’s priority. You have power as an individual person who has stepped forward to solve a problem. You have power organizationally as a community of individuals who pool time, energy, and funds to make something happen. By mapping your power and connections, you can more effectively harness it. By mapping the power of various decision-makers, you can target your efforts to the people most likely to help you achieve your goal. </div>
<div>You visit a legislator in Olympia or in their district office. Members of your community join you. You bring fact sheets and “leave behind” materials. You make a specific request or ask for a commitment. </div>
<div>You have knowledge. Before going into a meeting or hearing, practice speaking about your issue to build your confidence and comfort. </div>
<div>Download the Everyday Learning Guide in PDF.</div> www.wanonprofitinstitute.org
<div>Download the Step-It-Up Learning Guide in PDF.</div> www.wanonprofitinstitute.org
<div>Download the Introduction and Groundwork Learning Guide in PDF.</div> www.wanonprofitinstitute.org
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download templates and sample files for Advocacy Groundwork Activities.</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com 1-groundwork-files.zip
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download templates and sample activities for Everyday Advocacy Activities.</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com 2-everyday-files.zip
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download templates and sample documents for Urgent Advocacy Activities.</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com 3-urgent-files.zip
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download templates and sample files for Step-It-Up Advocacy Activities.</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com 4-step-it-up-files.zip
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">BAM! How a Bill Becomes Law</span></div><div><br></div><div>Nora Menkin, the exeuctive director of People's Memorial Association and the Co-op Funeral Home explains how a bill becomes law in the state of Washington.…</div><div><br></div> vimeo.com Nora Menkin, the exeuctive director of People's Memorial Association and the Co-op Funeral Home explains how a bill becomes law in the state of Washington.…
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">BAM! Getting Started Through Coalitions</span></div><div><br></div><div>Claire Petersky of the Wallingford Senior Center explains how her organization has used coalitions to advocate more effectively for the community they serve.</div><div><br></div> vimeo.com Claire Petersky of the Wallingford Senior Center explains how her organization has used coalitions to advocate more effectively for the community they serve.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">BAM! The Power of Coalitions</span></div><div><br></div><div>Jessica Zimmerle, the program and outreach director of Earth Ministry, explains the power of coalitions and how her organization uses them to advance their mission.</div><div><br></div> vimeo.com Jessica Zimmerle, the program and outreach director of Earth Ministry, explains the power of coalitions and how her organization uses them to advance their mission.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">BAM! Using Stories and Data</span></div><div><br></div><div>Joe Gruber of the University District Food Bank talks about how to use stories and data to frame clear requests for lawmakers.</div><div><br></div> vimeo.com Joe Gruber of the University District Food Bank talks about how to use stories and data to frame clear requests for lawmakers.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">BAM! Finding Legislative Champions</span></div><div><br></div><div>Nora Menkin, the executive director of People's Memorial Association and the Co-Op Funeral Home, talks about how to find and work with legislative champions…</div><div><br></div> vimeo.com Nora Menkin, the executive director of People's Memorial Association and the Co-Op Funeral Home, talks about how to find and work with legislative champions…
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">BAM! Building Trust With Lawmakers</span></div><div><br></div><div>Joe Gruber, the executive director of the University District Food Bank, talks about establishing trusted relationships with lawmakers.</div><div><br></div> vimeo.com Joe Gruber, the executive director of the University District Food Bank, talks about establishing trusted relationships with lawmakers.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div> drive.google.com letter-sign-on-process-and-sample.pdf
<div>Read how to do it</div> drive.google.com how-to-testify-in-committee.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div> drive.google.com letter-to-the-editor-checklist.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div> drive.google.com action-alert-template.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div> drive.google.com legislative-calendars.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div> drive.google.com policy-platform-sample.pdf
<div>Read how to do it</div> drive.google.com policy-plan-template.docx
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">See a sample plan</span></div> drive.google.com policy-plan-sample.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">See a sample</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com agenda-sample-jewish-federation.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Coalition checklist</span></div> bolderadvocacy.org A guide for organizations through the process of forming and working in coalition.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">List of Washington State coalitions</span></div><div><br></div> washingtonnonprofits.org Coalitions – Washington Nonprofits
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com purpose-mapping-exercise.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com grassroots-lobbying-checklist.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download a worksheet</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com story-shaping-guide-worksheet.docx
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download a sample</span></div> drive.google.com storytelling-sample-snap.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Download a sample</span></div> drive.google.com power-map-sample.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com meeting-planner-public-official.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Try a role-playing exercise</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com role-playing-for-advocacy-exercise.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com ways-to-build-relationships-with-officials.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Read how to do it</span></div><div><br></div> drive.google.com navigating-the-pdc-website.pdf

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