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Advocacy Allies

Peer Networking to Amplify Your Voice

Advocacy Allies at Nov. 2019 Gathering

Together SC seeks to harness the collective power of its member organizations who are advancing the greater good through public policy and advocacy efforts by establishing an Advocacy Allies network to facilitate peer to peer engagement.

Purpose

  1. To help Advocacy Allies participants learn together and address the unique challenges and operating concerns that advocacy organizations face.
  2. To inform and guide Together SC's advocacy efforts on behalf of the sector.
  3. To help advance state legislators’ understanding of the nonprofit sector and issues of importance.
  4. To engage philanthropic partners in collaborative advocacy efforts.

Participation 

  • The initial priority will be to engage Together SC’s nonprofit and philanthropic member organizations who undertake significant state level public policy and advocacy work, (i.e., organizations that take the H election on their IRS form 990). 
  • Outreach will focus on senior level professional staff responsible for state level policy work. Questions will be used to help participants determine fit. (use to begin to creating inventory)
  • Staff of Together SC member organizations are invited to sign up and join the conversation.

FY21 Objectives

  1. Provide input into and offer support for Together SC’s public policy priorities
  2. Host periodic zoom calls for Advocacy Allies to provide peer to peer sharing of knowledge and expertise
  3. Begin inventorying and sharing tools and resources
  4. Engage leaders of nonprofit subsector advocacy efforts
  5. Offer Advocacy Allies opportunities to build relations with state elected officials. Research engaging with SC Legislative Caucuses.

Leadership Structure

  • Each year Together SC will invite a diverse team of experienced advocacy professionals to help lead the Advocacy Allies. They will be responsible for program planning and providing overall direction for the Advocacy Allies.
  • They may be invited to represent the sector by attending key advocacy events together with Together SC as the opportunity arises.
  • They will be asked to participate in periodic planning calls and an annual planning meeting. Together SC will aim to fully staff Advocacy Allies efforts.

Advocacy Allies Leadership Team

Jamie Moon

Jamie Moon

President, Institute for Child Success

Chair

Amber Brown

Amber Brown

Program Officer, Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Nancy Lee

Executive Director, South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity

Bernie Mazyck

Bernie Mazyck

President & CEO, SC Association for Community Economic Development

Chynna A. Phillips

Chynna A. Phillips

Director of Research and Policy, Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Amy Splittgerber

Amy Splittgerber

Executive Director, Healthy Learners

Paige Stephenson

Paige Stephenson

President & CEO, United Way of the Piedmont

John Tynan

John Tynan

Executive Director, Conservation Voters of SC Education Fund

Ann Warner

Ann Warner

CEO, Women's Rights and Empowerment Network

GP McLeer

GP McLeer

Partner, Pecan Public Relations

Speaking Together Coordinator