SLC Advocacy & Civic Engagement 2017

Oct 27, 2017 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

SLC Advocacy and Civic Engagement 2017
Advocacy and Civil Engagement is one of nine components of UNA’s Nonprofit Organizational Credential (NOC) training program. This training program equips nonprofits with the ability and resources required to incorporate best practices into their organizations. UNA acknowledges successful completion of an individual component with a Badge. Earning an NOC Badge is a noteworthy achievement in and of itself, but the real value comes after the class work is completed. Organizations benefit by improved communication, productivity, and problem solving. Participating in the NOC program builds capacity. Completion of all nine components earns UNA's highest accolade: the UNA Organizational Credential.

Advocacy and Civic Engagement is a three-part course. Attendance in all three sessions is mandatory.

Class Dates and Times:
Training Session 1: November 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM -3:00 PM
Training Session 2: December 1, 2017 from 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Workshop: February 16, 2018 from 9:00 AM -1:00PM

Registration is PER organization. Bring your team!
$150 member organizations/$300 for non-member organizations. (Additional members are $25 (members) or $75 (nonmembers)

About the Course:
Nonprofits provide an important vehicle through which individuals and organizations work together to improve their communities. Nonprofits must represent and advocate for their constituents – but they cannot do it alone. Successful advocacy requires a multi-faceted strategy, including public education, public policy advocacy, as well as by engaging board members, staff, volunteers, and constituents to participate in the public affairs of the community.

Changes in legislative policy can potentially empower organizations or force drastic cut-backs. How does your organization engage in the political process and create the change you need to see in the world? The Advocacy and Civic Engagement course prepares your organization to take your cause to the streets!
Your organization’s successful completion of this course will afford you
An advocacy plan for your organization which you can immediately begin to implement,
The creation of a public narrative as a call to action,
The identification of potential intersections of your organizations’ mission with key policies, departments, committees and elected officials.
A strategy for tapping into Utah’s 150,000+ college students as part of their curricular and co-curricular experiences.

For more information about UNA's Nonprofit Organizational Credential Program, click here.

In order to receive the Advocacy & Civic Engagement Achievement Badge, the organization must submit the following items to UNA to be reviewed:
Theory of change—Document how your mission, vision and values articulate the change you are seeking to bring about and designate your focus on individual change theory (direct service impact), systems change theory (cumulative impact) or both.
Measuring change—Document or provide templates used to measure the impact your organization is having on the change it is seeking to bring about.
Advocacy plan—If your organization has an advocacy program, provide a copy of your organization’s advocacy plan, including a definition of success and an assignment of duties. Include revision or version date.
Public narrative—Provide 2-3 samples of public narratives used by the organization and its advocates. Examples of content for public narratives include: why individual leaders/advocates are involved in the cause, why community members should care about the cause, what urgent challenges within the community require actions and how individuals can become involved.
Communication channels—Document your organization’s use of diverse communication channels to amplify important messaging for the organization and advance advocacy efforts. Include a description of who is responsible for such messaging and how partnerships with communications sources are cultivated.
Intersecting interests—If your organization works with elected officials, list or document local, state, and national policies, departments, committees, task forces and elected officials that intersect with your organization’s mission. Document how relationships or interactions are developed and cultivated with these entities.
Policy change—Provide an example of a policy change the organization has brought about, is in the process of affecting or has plans to implement. Document the plan for bringing about the change, including: key partners and stakeholders, collaboration with elected officials, messaging activities and fostering public support.
Tangible benefits—Document how you have translated a policy change into tangible benefits for constituents. Examples may include: educating the public on the policy change or working with constituents to understand and benefit from the policy change.
Credibility—If your organization works with policy makers, explain how your organization is working to be deemed influential and credible by policymakers. Examples of this may include: presence and participation in key policy meetings, distribution of information on topics of which the organization is a subject matter expert, ability to gather a critical mass of individuals willing to testify, write to legislators, gather at the Hill, gain media attention and the like.
Influence—Define what success in the area of influence and credibility looks like. Examples of this may include: appointment to task force or committee, contact from policymakers prior to vote on bills impacting your population, regular meetings with policymakers, inclusion in drafting of policy proposals and the like.
Service-Learning—If your organization has a service-learning program, document the recruitment and integration of student service-learning participants into your organization. Describe the type of projects students complete, how they are supervised and how their contributions are relayed back to their higher education institutions.
Educational partnerships— If your organization has partnerships with educational institutions, provide a copy of a contract, memorandum of understanding or other formalized document between your organization and a relevant higher education institution documenting a reciprocal partnership. Include revision or version date.
NOTE: The documentation on the requirements requesting explanation need not be lengthy. Clear, concise statements on how the organization meets the requirement listed are sufficient. In most cases, three or four lines of description should suffice.
Facilitated by Sean Crossland

Sean Crossland currently serves as the Assistant Director at Thayne Center for Service & Learning at Salt Lake Community College. He obtained his BA in Psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College, his MA in Community Leadership from Westminster College, and completed the Leadership, Organizing, and Action Program from the Harvard Kennedy Executive School. Sean is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. He has worked in or with the nonprofit sector for the nonprofit sector for 15 years, including several years as a counselor in a wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth. Sean is driven to engage people in their immediate community, and to connect passion with action.

Contact Email:
Contact Name:
Jill Bennett
Contact Phone:
Utah Nonprofits Association