Investing in Policy and Advocacy: A Foundation Shares Lessons Learned

Working on advocacy and policy is challenging. Not only is it complex, fluid, and increasingly politicized, it is also challenging to measure progress and communicate success. Read the full post here… Read More

Nonprofits Move Toward Clarity And Collaboration

The historic, ongoing, struggle for annual operating dollars coupled, with an uncertain political and economic climate have resulted in a number of question marks within the nonprofit sector. While there may not be one clear answer, there are trends taking shape among not-for-profit organizations seeking to remain financially viable. As questions remain, industry experts are […] Read More

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 […] Read More

Turn Your Nonprofit’s Trustees Into Master Advocates

Last week at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Symposium hosted by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, participants talked about the urgent need in today’s political climate for nonprofit leaders to educate lawmakers about their work. During one panel discussion, Campion Advocacy Fund co-founder Sonya Campion described a new effort to encourage nonprofit board members to […] Read More

Are You Ready to Advocate?

On March 7, Independent Sector hosted a digital learning event about positioning your organization for advocacy success. Allison Grayson, director of policy development and analysis, moderated a discussion between Anne Wallestad, president and CEO of BoardSource, and Gary Bass, executive director of Bauman Foundation. In a 2016 poll, 78 percent of voters said they want […] Read More

Advocacy: An essential board responsibility

Advocacy is an essential board responsibility. That’s the new message being espoused by BoardSource in connection with the release of the third edition of Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. I’ve long asserted that board members should consider whether advocacy (and in some cases lobbying) would be an effective strategy and if so, whether they have a fiduciary duty to lead the […] Read More

In Times of Change, Board Members Must Be Advocates

As the country prepares to inaugurate Donald Trump as our 45th president on Friday and leadership at all levels of government takes shape postelection, nonprofit executives and board members across the country are asking themselves some important questions: Read the full post here… Read More

Stranded by the State

Illinois has not passed a real budget in over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The ongoing fight over the budget between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in people’s day-to-day lives? […] Read More

Video: How to Get Board Members Involved in Advocacy

BoardSource chief executive Anne Wallestad says advocacy is an “underutilized tool” at nonprofits but that charity leaders can help trustees do their part. Read the full post here… Read More

Planning for the Future of Nonprofit Boards: An Interview with Anne Wallestad

Anne Wallestad has served as President & CEO of BoardSource since 2013. BoardSource is a nonprofit that works globally to inspire and support excellence in nonprofit governance and board and staff leadership. In this interview, she speaks with Makiyah Moody, Senior Consultant at La Piana Consulting, about the organization’s growth, change, and new leadership initiatives. […] Read More