Workshop targets nonprofit advocacy

The role nonprofits can play in advocacy and lobbying will be the focus of a professional development workshop the Institute for Nonprofits at N.C. State University will offer on June 21.

The workshop, to be presented at the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center in Raleigh from 8:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for nonprofits from Southeast Raleigh and will examine the legal rules on nonprofit advocacy and lobbying efforts.

It also will offer strategies nonprofits can use to overcome barriers like time and money so they can integrate advocacy and lobbying into their core operations.

By delivering important services and programs, the institute says, nonprofits get a “first-hand view of the systemic issues” that affect their constituents and communities.

And because of their perspective and experience, it says, nonprofits “must have a voice in shaping public opinion and policy.”

But “misinformation and fear” often “prevent nonprofits from taking their rightful place at the policy table,” the institute says.

Because advocacy work requires a commitment from both board and staff, the institute says, it recommends nonprofits send represents of both their staff and board to the workshop, preferably their executive director or CEO and their board president.

Presenters at the workshop will include Gita Gulati-Partee, president and owner of OpenSource Leadership Strategies, and Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro, assistant professor in the department of social work at NCSU.

The deadline for registering is June 16.

For information, call 919.513.7031 or sent email to

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