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Nonprofit Lessons from Mister Rogers

With the documentary about Fred Rogers receiving critical acclaim, we thought we’d take a look back and lift up lessons the nonprofit sector could take away from his life and legacy in public service.

Fred Rogers lived his life in support of his beliefs. His testimony on PBS funding is one of his more prominent forms of activism, but it was certainly not his only one. He found ways to engage on issues outside of traditional advocacy. Through the creation of diverse characters—both living and puppets—he sought to include depictions of people and storylines that brought often taboo topics and social issues to children’s living rooms.