“As mission-driven nonprofits, we must engage in advocacy. We must make sure that decision makers understand the full impact of their decisions. And we must leverage all of the power and influence that we have available to us through our board leaders.
This is not the time to sit back. This is not the time to be shy. And while it may require us to push back against things that are being proposed by our leaders, this is not about partisanship or a particular political view. It’s about an essential understanding of the role of nonprofits in society, what our work means to this country and the people we serve, and how all of that is affected by the decisions that our elected officials make and the policies they enact. This is the time to put our missions and the people we serve first, and to make sure that they are not forgotten when it comes time for deals to be brokered and decisions to be made.”

About the Campaign

The Stand for Your Mission campaign is a challenge to all nonprofit decision-makers to stand up for the organizations they believe in by actively representing their organization’s mission and values, and creating public will for positive social change.

Initiated by BoardSource — together with the Alliance for Justice, the Campion Foundation, the National Council of Nonprofits, and the United Philanthropy Forum — this campaign seeks to unleash the full potential of the nonprofit sector to create positive impact by engaging board leaders more directly in the advocacy work of their organizations.

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