Advocacy is defined as the action of advocating, pleading for, or supporting a cause or proposal. For non-profit organizations, it involves building support for the organization with decision-makers that can include legislative officials, funders, and other influencers (such as community organizations and media).

The single most important way to advocate for your organization is to build relationships with legislators and their staff – and continuing to nurture that relationship. Use the resources on this page to make your advocacy effective and efficient.

Advocacy Checklist

To help your efforts in building stronger relationships with legislators and other officials and funding decision makers, we’ve developed an Advocacy Checklist with tips and guidance that can bring more visibility to your organization’s programs and initiatives.

If you have questions or would like more information or assistance, please contact Dana Barcellos-Allen, CT Humanities communications manager, by email or at 860.937-6648.


Below are resources for CT Humanities grantees to use in communicating with legislators and media to help spread the word about funded projects and raise visibility about humanities initiatives and programs in Connecticut.

The following links are provided to help you find your media outlets and legislators for press releases, letters of appreciation, and any other outreach to help publicize your project.

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