BoardSource created the Stand for Your Mission Award in 2018 to recognize nonprofit boards that have established advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership — and, by doing so, are helping their organizations realize their missions.
In 2019, we received applications from nonprofits all over the country that are using advocacy as the powerful tool it can be. After careful consideration, we narrowed the field down to ten finalists with truly exceptional stories. We are now pleased to announce that the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee is the 2019 winner of the award and will receive $5,000 to support its work.
We encourage you to read about the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee as well as the other stories featured below to learn more about how advocacy accelerated these organizations’ efforts to achieve their missions.
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Tennessee (CACTN) is an organization representing 52 Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the state of Tennessee that provide critical services to children and families experiencing abuse. However, despite all of the valuable work the CACs were doing, Tennessee’s elected officials knew or understood little, about that work. Understanding that the CAC movement needed public advocacy if it was to remain effective and relevant, the CACTN board engaged a Nashville lobbyist to help with its advocacy work and teach it how to effectively advocate for the organization’s mission. In addition to working with the lobbyist, in 2016 CACTN also established a formal advocacy/legislative committee to identify key issues pending in the state legislature or with the state’s Department of Children’s Services that could impact its CAC members. With these changes, CACTN has gone from being an unknown entity to having three state legislators attending its 2017 conference. It has also successfully impacted legislation and secured a $450,000 budget amendment providing additional state funding for each of the CACs across the state.