What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is activity in support of a particular cause or policy. This activity can take many forms – for example, sending an e-mail or calling your Member of Congress.
The most successful advocates build long-term relationships in support of their cause. Establishing and sustaining connections with policymakers, agency leaders, and even the media can position you as a trusted expert, and developing alliances with other education stakeholders can help you support and amplify each other’s messages.
The NAFIS Family advocates to help shape policy that will affect the 1,100-plus federally impacted public school districts that together educate more than 10 million students across the nation. While NAFIS advocates on behalf of the Impact Aid program at the federal level, your voice as a constituent is critical – in Washington, DC, as well as in your state and community.
You are the most passionate, knowledgeable experts about the need for Impact Aid funding. You know what Impact Aid is used for and that impact that it has. Without your input, stories, and shared experience, competing interests are more likely to sway policymakers’ decisions.
How Can You Advocate?
- Enter your information to find your Members of Congress
- Use the template provided to send a letter to your policymakers supporting Impact Aid
- Recommend the Action Center to a colleague
- Read the Basics of Impact Aid
- Review the Impact Aid Overview One-Pager and 5 Key Facts About Impact Aid
- Watch the Federal Policy 101 video
- Explore Impact Aid infrastructure needs
- Check the Impact Aid Payments Overviews for state-level and district-level payment information
- Download the Impact Aid Issue Briefs
- Participate in a NAFIS Conference Hill Day
- Arrange a Meeting with Your Members of Congress
- Check out the Meeting Tips
- Follow the Hill Meeting Outline
- Use the Elevator Pitch Worksheet
- Always use NAFIS Talking Points (updated Spring 2023)
- Set up your Twitter Account
- Follow @NAFISschools
- Follow your Members of Congress
- Review the NAFIS Social Media Advocacy Tips
- Use the NAFIS Shareable Graphics & Sample Tweets
- Submit a Letter to the Editor
- Share the NAFIS FAQs on Parent-Pupil Surveys (if your district uses a survey)
- Host a Member of Congress at your school district
- Call Your Member of Congress A one-pager on how to make a successful phone call to a congressional office.
- Submit a video or article from your district to the NAFIS Faces of Impact Aid
- Join the CEF #HearOurEdStories campaign