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Is Your Advocacy Making a Difference?

If you run an advocacy campaign, you definitely have ideas about the ways it’s making progress. You can see the stumbling blocks, and you may be able to point to dramatic and obvious success. If you are documenting and reflecting on all this, you are also engaging in evaluation and learning—even if you don’t call it that! But along the way, chances are you have bumped up against these types of questions:


10 Measurable New Year’s Resolutions Your Nonprofit or Foundation Can Totally Achieve in 2019

Hi everyone. If this is your first day back from the holiday break, make some coffee and read last week’s pep talk “Welcome back to work, you stunningly brilliant and attractive world-changer, you!” followed by “12 tips to ensure you don’t stab anyone on your first day back from break.” (Tip 9: Take a short walk. To your car. Drive home. Watch Netflix.)

It is 2019, a brand new start! Take a deep breath. What you smell is the aroma of change, of possibility, of hope!


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.