Advocacy Toolkit-2017

NNA wants to equip you with various materials to help get the support you need on a local level - from your board, media, clients, and more – to build the advocacy for approaching Congress as they work the budget and appropriations process.  

Hearing from our members and other experts during March’s Washington, DC meetings, and subsequent External Policy Committee call, we have compiled various templates and tools for your advocacy use.  This will be a living/working Toolkit – additions and updates will be made regularly as Congress moves forward with mark-ups and as any shifts in strategy dictate.  

We encourage you to use as many of the following toolkit materials as you feel comfortable, tailoring as needed, inserting your relevant organization’s details and facts (areas are highlighted in yellow for your individual information/data).  Note: feel free to edit materials accordingly to suit your organization’s style and messages; we wanted to give you templates to work from – to make it easier on you.

Toolkit Contents

Congressional Recess How To - learn more about to get your Member of Congress to visit you in your community, highlight the great work you do.  

House and Senate Sample Support Letters - please ask your Members of Congress to tailor and submit.  See here for House request form (different from "letter").  

Blog and/or Op-Ed copy -  please send to editor of your local newspaper, with the view they will publish it.  It must be by-lined by you as the Executive Director/CEO of your organization.

Email Media Pitch & NNA Press Release - send this to your local news and/or housing editors/political editors so they may write on housing.  Attach the supporting NNA press release in your email.

Internal Board & Management Briefing Sheet - share this with your board and staff asking to speak to stay on message and reach out to their contacts.

Social Media Posts Template - ask your marketing team to start posting these prepared messages on your organization’s social media channels ASAP.

Neighborhood Reinvestment Fact Sheet- use this as supporting information should you be asked questions about NWA.

Thank you letter - use this template to thank your Members of Congress for the FY 2017 allocation for Neighborhood Reinvestment (NeighborWorks America). 

Other Materials to Help In Your Outreach

Congressional Recess Calendar
NeighborWorks America Fact Sheet
State Impact Reports - 2016 - All States

Action Alerts

May 23, 2017 - release of President's FY 2018 budget and Member of Congress funding requests.