Advocacy in 2018

How to be a better advocate


New year, new goals. Is there a spot for advocacy on your 2018 to-do list? There should be.

An advocate is a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. Whether you are making the case for take-out over home-cooked or arguing either side of the Affordable Care Act you are advocating. It is an innate skill, and an important one to hone. As nonprofit professionals, we likely have a cause (or many) that we care about deeply. We may work for organizations that take stands on particular policies and issue areas. Millennials are less likely to vote than any other generation. Only 50 percent of 18-29 year olds turned out to vote in the 2016 presidential election. We owe it to our communities, workplaces, and ourselves to have our voices heard.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a better advocate:

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in YNPN

Photo provided by YNPN National Chapter

Our organization is a proud member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, and because of that, we send a few board members to their annual members’ meeting each year. This year, in addition to the meeting, the Center offered the first session in their educational series Beyond Tolerance: How nonprofits are leading diversity, inclusion, and equity in Oklahoma. Supported by YNPN of OKC, Jade Owen and I were fortunate to attend this opportunity.

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Meet a Nonprofit Leader: Kay Holt

This is the first in our blog series "Meet a Nonprofit Leader." If there's someone you'd like to see profiled, please let us know at

kay_holt.jpgDr. Kay E. Holt has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and arts management. She is the associate director and a professor in the graduate nonprofit leadership program at Oklahoma City University where she leads the new arts administration track. Prior to her current position, Dr. Holt served as executive director of Canterbury Voices (formerly known as Canterbury Choral Society), a position which brought her back to her home state of Oklahoma. Her other career experiences include director of education and community partnerships at The Dallas Opera and visiting professor at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Holt possesses a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wyoming and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Nonprofit Leaders program.  

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