Coaching Board Members for Advocacy Pays Big Dividends

A study released last year showed that only one-third of nonprofit board members engage in basic advocacy: working with the charity’s leaders to educate policy makers about the organization’s mission and services.

That’s a big problem, experts say. Board members often have connections that make them more likely to come into contact with elected officials at social or other events, as well as the kind of community clout that makes lawmakers more likely to listen to them.

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