Thursday, November 1, 2012

Advocacy is in season!

This morning, nonprofit workers representing fifteen different service providers attended the first session of Harvest Democracy, an advanced training series on services and social change at the Catalyst Miami office.
Catalyst Miami's 4-part Harvest Democracy program is designed to strengthen the understanding, commitment and skills of nonprofit staff and board members in regards to advocacy.

Thanks to the generous support of Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Harvest Democracy will help nonprofits accomplish their missions by incorporating advocacy and policy analysis into their organizational strategic planning. In addition, fundamental values for effective advocates at all levels of government will be discussed.
Participants who complete the program will:
• Understand the importance of advocacy in nonprofit leadership
• Learn to engage constituents and
• Develop leadership tools to protect their services through client engagement
Notable Results from the last Democracy series:
*100% of evaluation results show improved "aptitude as an advocate," with 75% of them rating their newfound confidence as "very good" or "excellent."
*100% felt confident in their ability to generate a strategy to engage constituents and decision-makers, while 75% had reported insecurity in this are prior to completing the program.

*88.9% reported engaging in new coalitions or alliances over the course of the program or expressed their intention to do so.

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