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Advocating for Your Mission - The Basics

Webinar Event Webinar
Host Mike Walsh, Vice President/Director of Public Policy, The Foraker Group
Cost Partner $25.00 / General $50.00

As busy nonprofit leaders, who has time for public policy or advocacy?  For Alaska’s nonprofit sector the answer is clear: everyone needs to make time!  In fact, we don’t have the time NOT TO ENGAGE in policy issues.  In this course you will learn more about the important link between active advocacy and meeting mission, and how to build a stronger and more effective internal Culture of Advocacy within your nonprofit organization. 

1.    Does your board understand how more advocacy equals more mission?  Learn how to help your board see the link between the two. 

2.    Did you know some lobbying is allowed? Learn what you can actually do and stay within federal, state and local laws. 

3.    Do you know how to develop an advocacy plan? Explore the elements of a forward-thinking plan and how it can help meet your advocacy goals. 

By the end of this class you will have a working knowledge of the concepts, the tools and the practices – to start building or strengthening an effective Culture of Advocacy within your organization, and in doing so increase the ability of your board and staff to stand for your mission!


Mike Walsh   Vice President/Director of Public Policy, The Foraker Group
Mike has lived in Alaska for over 25 years, most of that time in Fairbanks. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Purdue University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mike served in the administration of Governor Tony Knowles and Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer as Deputy Director of the Fairbanks Office of the Governor, and has worked extensively with local nonprofit boards and agencies on a wide range of policy and management issues. He is a past President of and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Fairbanks Community Food Bank, and is President of the Board of Directors for Dance Theatre Fairbanks, a small nonprofit. He is a long-time Adjunct Professor of Political Science for both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Pacific University. As Vice President, Mike responsibility for development and provision of our business planning services and he provides training to boards and staff on a variety of topics, including lobbying and advocacy and outcomes evaluation. To date he has facilitated dozens of strategic planning sessions, facilitated the development of scores of nonprofit business plans, worked with multiple organizations considering various types of mergers and collaborations, and trained hundreds of nonprofit boards and staff of Alaska nonprofits.