Conduits of Change

21 July 2016 Published in News & Updates
Kate RubalcavaKate Rubalcava, CEO, Utah Nonprofits Association

We are nonprofit professionals. Every day of the year. When we leave our jobs we go home, to our communities and spend time with our friends and family members. Our conversations include the challenges of the day, the latest trends we’re seeing, and it’s quite likely we discuss how the current political climate is impacting our lives, professionally and personally. That alone makes us perfect conduits of change. We seek to change and improve the lives of our clients each day. Our missions dictate the path and we rarely back down when a professional challenge presents itself. This drive and dedication to serving our communities should be no different when we think about who our elected officials are and the way they represent our communities. The time is now for us as nonprofit professionals to begin thinking about ways we can be conduits of change through the political process. At its basic level this happens when we exercise our right to vote and we cast our ballots for the individuals we believe are best fit to lead.

While it’s true that in an election year we have a greater opportunity to address the concerns we have and show our support through voting, we also must recognize that being engaged in advocacy efforts isn’t just a seasonal activity. We should be engaged in the process 365 days a year. If we have successfully built relationships with our elected officials – on a city, county, state, and federal level – throughout the year there is a greater chance that the message will be received and well respected. It is therefore incumbent upon nonprofit professionals, as leaders in the community, to begin building that bridge and cultivating those relationships.

Arguably one of the greatest tenants of being a citizen of the United States, is our right to vote. It can’t be simply defined as our right but it must also be viewed as our responsibility to select our leaders. In 2016 we are voting for a new President of the United States. In Utah we are also voting for Governor, US Senate, State Senate and House, State School Board, and various city and county officials. So regardless where you stand on the Presidential candidates don’t forget that your local vote matters. It matters at a local level for the children in our schools, the infrastructure in our cities and counties, and in the laws enacted by our state and the federal government.

Begin today – start building those relationships so that you can work with your local elected officials to begin sourcing solutions to address the needs in your community. Register to vote, and ask others to register. Learn about the candidates. Talk with your families and your neighbors. Then go to the polls.

Utahns can register to vote here.

Find information on Utah's 2016 elections here.

Click here to get information about the Nonprofit Vote campaign and learn ways your organization can become involved in the process