Event Details


Advocacy 101: Easy and Effective

Tuesday, April 16, 01:00 PM - Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 02:15 PM
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM
Fee: $50 for MCN members / $70 for nonmembers
Policymakers need public input to develop good ideas into good policy, and nonprofits are valued experts in our areas of specialty. Nonprofits of all shapes and sizes must partner with our governmental partners through advocacy and lobbying to cultivate strong, thriving, joyful communities. 

Are you ready to dip your toe into advocacy? Maybe your toe is already in the advocacy waters and you are looking for opportunities to keep honing your skills. Wherever you are on your advocacy journey, join us and learn about how advocacy can further your organization’s mission and the nonprofit sector as a whole.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Why your expertise and experience are valuable to lawmakers 
  • Low-barrier ways to bring your nonprofit’s expertise and experience to lawmakers 
  • The difference is between policy advocacy and politics 
  • How to talk with your colleagues about the importance of advocating 

Event Details

This virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform. Your access link will be emailed to you the day before the event after 12 p.m.

This session will be recorded. The recording will be made available to registrants after the live event.

Captioning is provided automatically through Zoom. For information on requesting CART, ASL, or another accommodation, please visit our Registration Policies page.

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Speaker Information

Bethany SnyderBethany Snyder, MPP, is an Advocacy Strategist, Enthusiast, Optimist – and the founder of Snyder Strategies, LLC, a boutique consulting firm she formed to share and leverage her deep understanding of the advocacy world with nonprofit and membership-based organizations.

With nearly 25 years of experience in communications, advocacy, and public affairs, Bethany is a seasoned professional and a nonprofit advocacy expert. She has been on all sides of the advocacy desk - as a grassroots advocacy director, a lobbyist, a consultant, a comms director, and a US Senate staffer. She helps turn nonprofit supporters into lifelong advocates- and donors. In addition to her advocacy clients, Bethany currently serves as the Director of the Iowa Nonprofit Alliance, which represents Iowa’s 23,000 nonprofits organizations and its professionals and is dedicated to growing and strengthening Iowa’s nonprofit sector. Bethany received her bachelor of arts in sociology and women’s studies from the University of Iowa and has a masters in public policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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