In 2019, after recognizing the need for local nonprofits to have their voices heard at the state legislative level, NextGen Policy and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) formed a partnership to hold advocacy workshops across the state.
In 2019, after recognizing the need for local nonprofits to have their voices heard at the state legislative level, NextGen Policy and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) formed a partnership to hold advocacy workshops across the state. We held four in-person workshops in Los Angeles, Stockton, San Bernardino, and Eureka to outline the importance of local nonprofit advocacy at the state legislative level.
At these workshops, CalNonprofits gives an overview about what advocacy is allowable for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, NextGen’s Policy Advisor gives an overview of how to be most effective in meetings with legislators – both in the district and at the Capitol – and nonprofits organizations have the opportunity to network and discuss regional needs and how those can be best addressed through organized advocacy with their state representatives. In 2021, we continued these workshops, but in a virtual form.
Past elected officials that have spoken to their constituents at these workshops include: State Senator Holly Mitchell; Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and San Joaquin County Supervisor Kathy Miller; Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo; and Assembly Member Rudy Salas.
Community Water Center joined a broad coalition of water advocates to push for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund. The fund is a vital part of the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) program and promises $1.4 billion over 10 years for safe drinking water solutions for disadvantaged California communities.
With partners Miridae, Office of Kat Taylor (OKT), and Insight Garden Program, we’re building Oki Park Farm, a thriving urban garden that will promote environmental learning, produce fresh fruits and vegetables, and provide job training to individuals affected by the criminal justice system.
Stay up to date on our continued partnership work!