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Public Policy Office to leverage your successes, stories, and aspirations

The Alliance for Children and Families Public Policy Office believes that your expertise and experience, applied to the policymaking process, can reduce poverty, improve educational and employment outcomes, and increase the number of people living safe and healthy lives. Our intent, therefore, is to engage with you by:

  • providing you with straight information about what’s going on in the public policy arena that might affect your organization, your community, or your ability to serve them,
  • trading specifics with you about notable activities—positive and negative—at the federal and state levels, and
  • harnessing the power of our network—you, our members—to change policies for the betterment of children, families, and communities.

If you read the second two bullets closely, you’ll see that for us to make effective policy changes, we need you as our partners. There’s a duality necessary if we are to get our work done well.

We aren’t the only voice in Washington for nonprofit community-serving organizations working across the spectrum of human needs. But we are at the table because we represent you. So we wanted to talk to you about your half of this partnership.

Tell Us about Yourself. Call us, and ask questions! Let’s set up a call to meet each other virtually or in person, if we haven’t already.

Take a few minutes to fill out our policy survey. It’s quick and to the point, but it allows us to connect with you when specific opportunities and needs that are relevant to you work arise.

Maybe there’s an opportunity to speak to one of your members of Congress. Maybe we need to hold up a great example of foster care, Head Start, or organizational excellence and we want to put you out there. We can’t do that unless we know about you and your areas of focus.

Tell Us Your Stories. Use your enhanced storytelling skills that we all know you developed through Telling Our Stories and share an example of how something government does impacts your work. When a program impacts a child, adult, or family, tell us his or her story. Tell us why it’s important so we can make sure decision makers hear it. Compelling stories catch people’s attention and stick with people’s memories. We can use your stories to connect you to press opportunities or to policymakers whose decisions could be swayed. Your stories can make a difference.

Be the Eyes and Ears on the Ground. Come to us when something is going on in your state and you need a national perspective. Several months ago, one of you told us about a bill in the Kansas legislature that would have terribly threatened your nonprofit tax exemption. Because you told us, we were able to contact every Alliance member in Kansas, and they contacted their legislators and told them to oppose it. That’s the power of network.

Call us when something great is going on, too. We can give public credit to your state or your elected official and then other states and Alliance members can try to replicate your success in their communities. But you have to tell us.
No challenge is too big nor victory too small. We are here to be your champions, and we’ve got your back.

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