Resources – Advocacy Day
What is your passion? Is there a particular cause that is close to your heart? What is your mission? Is there a certain area you feel gives purpose to your life? We all have an innate desire to make things better, and given the right tools I think we all have the means to make a difference. How will your voice be heard? Some of mine? Advocacy Day. There are many resources that you can find that will help you if you plan to attend Advocacy Day.
As a photographer, I’ve been fortunate to be inspired by people with all different passions. Advocacy days are one area where I can make impactful photography for an organization’s future events. Additionally, there is no better time than now to make your voice heard. As a non-profit or advocacy group, showing up on Capitol Hill to advocate for your members is extremely important. Advocacy days require a lot of “heavy lifting” while trying to make every dime count. The whole purpose of this day is to have the greatest possible impact possible. Furthermore, there are resources out there to assist. I have firsthand knowledge on how helpful they can be in getting organizations in front of their law makers (Disclaimer: I am not paid or affiliated with the following resources in any way).
1. Soapbox consulting: this will take you from beginning to end. They arrange everything from training your advocates to scheduling meetings and follow ups, and everything in between. They are the best of the best. (http://soapboxconsulting.com/
2. Fly-in Manager software: an alternative to the full work up is more of a DIY approach. I have not used the software, but it looks like a great idea if you’re working on a tighter budget. (https://thesoftedge.com/
Whether you’re just starting out on your journey to making a difference, or have frequented Capitol Hill for years past, there is no better time than now to work towards your purpose. I have spent much of my time being a photographer on Capitol Hill with non-profits. We band together to advocate and lobby their elected officials. I am honored to document their events and provide impactful photography for their future endeavors. Don’t be afraid to get out there and make your voice heard!