Nonprofit Leaders Gather for NH Policy Caucus

Nonprofit leaders gathered for the Center’s annual Nonprofit Policy Caucus on December 11, 2018. They were joined by panelists Dean Spiliotes of Southern New Hampshire University, Anna Brown of Citizens Count, and Scott Spradling of The Spradling Group, as well as members of the NH Center for Nonprofits Policy & Leadership Workgroup. 

Dean Spiliotes shared his views on the changed political landscape of divided government, stressing the challenges of getting things done at the national level with a lack of an “ideological middle.” He anticipated more gridlock in Congress due to partisan pressures in advance of the 2020 Presidential election.
  
Anna Brown provided her forecast on the issues that may see the most consideration in the NH State House in the new year. She spoke about the mental health system, revisions to health and human services, and school funding as top priorities, in part due to lawsuits facing the state. 

Scott Spradling offered his suggestions for building relationships with policymakers through strategic communications and agenda-building. Scott also encouraged the audience to find areas of similarity with other organizations to build a collective voice for the nonprofit sector. 

Following the panel, nonprofit leaders split off into small groups facilitated by Policy & Leadership Workgroup members to discuss their organizations’ policy priorities. Several common themes were raised including the need for workforce development, living wages, affordable housing, and access to healthcare and higher education, among many other priorities. These conversations will help inform the Center’s Policy & Leadership Workgroup as they monitor legislative issues within the Center’s Policy Framework.

 

Post date: December 14, 2018
Topics: NH News | Advocacy Events

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