ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE AND ADVANCING YOUR MISSION

Marcia Avner

JANUARY 28, 2015

Featuring: Marcia Louise Avner, Avner Consulting

Do you want to educate opinion shapers and decision makers about the issues you care about? Do you want to work with those that share your values and goals? Do you and the people you work with have stories to share that sharpen the understanding of what is important in people's lives?

Advocacy can be a new and somewhat intimidating activity for people. But advocacy essentially is the process of actively supporting a cause that’s important to you. You have the knowledge, experience, and expertise that add value to the public dialogue.

This lively webinar will underscore the critical role that public policy work can play in advancing your League's Mission. It will provide a deeper understanding of the potential and options for advancing your work through public policy engagement. Together we will explore the responsibility that nonprofits have to serve as a resource to decision makers. We will examine a spectrum of policy work so that you can identify strategies that are the best fit for your League and what you work to achieve.

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Presenter's Bio:

Marcia Avner teaches in the Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership Program (MAPL) at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits where she was Public Policy Director from 1996-2010. Marcia is also a consultant whose practice includes advocacy strategy, training, curriculum development and facilitation. She works with nonprofits, foundations and academic centers on initiatives to advance advocacy. Her career includes service as the Deputy Mayor of St Paul, MN, the Assistance Commissioner for Energy in Minnesota and Communications Director for a U.S. Senator. The unifying thread in Avner’s work is the commitment to advancing advocacy in the nonprofit sector and the broader community.

Marcia has authored The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations: Shaping Public Policy at the State and Local Level 2nd edition (2013) and The Board Member’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy published by Fieldstone.