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Advocacy Numbers Explode in Biden’s First 100 Days. How You Can Take Advantage

By Diego Rivera | May 6, 2021

A president’s first 100 days in office can be weighed by many measures. Legislation and executive orders. Proclamations and policies. Joe Biden’s can be gauged by one more important metric: advocacy. Biden’s first 100 days was one of the most active periods for advocacy in the last 10 years, as a massive change in political…

Why Your Organization Should Honor Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

By Diego Rivera | April 30, 2021

When Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president this year, it marked many firsts. She was the first woman to hold the office. She was the first African American. And—too often overlooked—she was the first Asian American. As we kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, it is a good…

How Shared Hope Launched Their First Virtual Fly-in

By Diego Rivera | April 22, 2021

  For 20 years, Shared Hope International has been fighting to end sex trafficking and help victims in the U.S. and abroad. Yet despite years of work before Congress—it was founded by former lawmaker Linda Smith—it had never done a fly-in. That changed this year when the organization decided to host a virtual three-day event…

Georgia: More Evidence That Companies Won’t Stay Quiet on Social Issues

By Diego Rivera | April 15, 2021

An extraordinary thing happened last week. Top executives at more than 100 companies—including household names like American Airlines, Starbucks, Target and LinkedIn—gathered on a Zoom call to chat about activism. Specifically, the executives discussed how to oppose state bills that restrict voting rights like the one passed in Georgia earlier this year. They talked about…

If ‘Politics is Local,’ Government Affairs Should Be Too

By Diego Rivera | April 7, 2021

Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said that “all politics is local.” Government affairs is heading in the same direction.  Most industries are regulated at least in part at the local level and most issues have a local component, from education and public health to gun control and police reform. More importantly, changes…

How to Drive More Effective State Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | April 1, 2021

For those who watch state and federal legislation, here are some numbers that should slow your scroll. More than 3,800 bills and resolutions were active in Congress through March of this year, from legislation to award congressional medals to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, according to GovPredict data. Yet Congress moves slowly, and only…

How to Boost Your Conversion Rate Right Now 

By Diego Rivera | March 30, 2021

Nurses were the first line of defense in America’s response to the pandemic. They cared for the sickest COVID patients as emergency rooms filled, often without proper gear. When nurses from New York to San Francisco began wearing trash bags to protect themselves, it made headlines nationwide.    So it was no surprise that the American…

Strong Advocacy Starts With ‘Situational Awareness’

By Diego Rivera | March 30, 2021

Grassroots advocacy can be a big part of the value that nonprofits generate. Many in your audience—and especially the clients you serve—often do not have a strong voice on public policy. Their ability to shape decisions that impact them is minimal. But there is a solution. You can be their voice. Your organization can speak…

7 Crucial Elements for a Successful Virtual Fly-in

By Diego Rivera | March 15, 2021

There are some in Washington who say there’s no replacement for a face-to-face meeting, and it’s a defensible point of view. It’s hard to build relationships without it. But the virtual fly-in, which connects supporters with lawmakers on a video call, also has serious advantages.  Virtual fly-ins lower the barrier to entry, decrease costs and…

A Technology Edge in Government Relations

By Diego Rivera | March 10, 2021

When you look at your government relations team, what do you see? At most companies, the answer will be a group of professionals who are hand-picked for their expertise, all working hard to  represent the company before regulators and lawmakers. Now ask this: what kind of tools are they using to get the job done?…