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It’s Graduation Time for Our Civic Tech Fellows

It’s Graduation Time for Our Civic Tech Fellows

By Ximena Hartsock | August 19, 2019

It’s a wonderful time here at Phone2Action. And a sad one, too.  Phone2Action’s 2019 Civic Tech Fellowship Program, a STEM-based apprenticeship, graduated another class after a summer spent working at the intersection of technology and civic engagement. The program—30 strong this year—draws participants from all over the country who travel to Washington to gain real-world…

Sharpen Your Election-Year Advocacy

Sharpen Your Election-Year Advocacy

By Sean Gannon | August 12, 2019

Advocacy is a challenge every year, as the noise in Washington and state capitals grows louder and more organizations compete for attention. But it’s never more so than in an election year—and 2020 will be particularly tough. Voters are polarized. There are more than 20 candidates seeking the presidency. And it’s hard to imagine an…

The Rise in Regulatory Advocacy

The Rise in Regulatory Advocacy

By Diego Rivera | August 5, 2019

Stop and think about this: regulatory advocacy grew seven-fold between 2016 and 2018, according to Phone2Action’s State of Advocacy 2019 report. The practice of trying to sway the departments and agencies that conduct rulemaking, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Federal Communications Commission, is literally exploding as a Republican administration shifts policy after eight…

How to Engage Lawmakers in the District

How to Engage Lawmakers in the District

By Chris Rodriguez | July 30, 2019

With August upon us, capitol buildings across the nation are starting to empty as lawmakers in Washington and state capitals head back to their districts. Smart advocacy organizations will follow them home. Reaching lawmakers in their district, when they are free of the hustle that comes with a session, is a solid opportunity for organizations…

Webinar: How to Engage When Legislators Are Out of Session

Webinar: How to Engage When Legislators Are Out of Session

By Chris Rodriguez | July 24, 2019

  Take a look at a congressional calendar and you’ll see a funny thing. Eleven months of the year, lawmakers spend significant time in session. Even in December, the House and the Senate get work done before breaking for the holidays. But August is always almost completely blank. The late summer is a political and…

Unlocking the Secrets to Mobilizing Advocates

By Diego Rivera | July 9, 2019

Billions of dollars are spent on advocacy in Washington, state capitals and major cities across America every year. But how effective is all that effort? Phone2Action’s State of Advocacy 2019 report suggests an answer.  The report examined advocacy by hundreds of organizations using the Phone2Action platform to gain insight into how they acquire and mobilize…

Three Technologies You Need for Advanced Grassroots Advocacy

Three Technologies You Need for Advanced Grassroots Advocacy

By Sean Gannon | July 1, 2019

Advocacy veterans know what moves their audience. Clear messaging. Narrative stories. Powerful calls to action. Yet, even if your organization does everything right, punching that message through to advocates is challenging in an increasingly busy world where people are assaulted by information all day. How do companies, nonprofits and associations cut through the noise? The…

5 Tips for Targeting Lawmakers to Get Your Bill Passed

By Sean Gannon | June 25, 2019

In the world of public affairs, the idea of targeting is two-fold. There’s the efforts of the outreach team in charge of building an engaged audience ready to take action on your cause, and then there’s the act of targeting lawmakers to make sure your bill gets passed.  While many organizations excel in the former,…

How Digital Channels Boost Advocate Recruitment

How Digital Channels Boost Advocate Recruitment

By Meredith Keller | June 19, 2019

All advocacy starts with an audience. Your organization’s advocates are the army that gets sent forward, the engaged and passionate people who contact decision makers and carry your message. If you work for a corporation, association or nonprofit trying to impact public policy, your list of advocates dictates the strength of your campaigns. Bigger is…