Role We Play: Advocate
Through our unique position in the community, we lead and influence the implementation of policies and funding that support immediate needs and drive systemic change.
Advocacy for Children Day
For over 20 years, hundreds of young children, parents, early childhood professionals and advocates from across the state have come together to ask legislators to prioritize Minnesota’s youngest children. We’re excited to be back in-person on Wednesday, March 22 with you and your family at the Capitol to urge policy makers to go All In for Our Kids!
How We Work
Coming Together for Transformation
Alongside coalitions, we leverage strong community relationships, research and real-time data to:
- Amplify community voices, especially those voices with lived experience
- Educate government officials and lawmakers on systems-level issues and opportunities
- Develop solutions in partnership with the public, private and nonprofit sectors
“Advocacy means taking action to create positive change. True advocacy requires addressing and solving the root problems that create barriers for communities.”
– Kristen Rosenberger, Director of Advocacy and External Engagement, Greater Twin Cities United Way
How We Show Up as an Advocate
Start Early Funders Coalition
As the coalition’s fiscal host, we collaborate with more than 20 funders across Minnesota to improve early childhood education through research, best practices and public policy.
Using data from the 211 resource helpline, we help state and local leaders gain insight into changing community needs and how we can work together to implement solutions.
Homes for All
Working alongside more than 240 statewide organizations as part of the Homes for All coalition, we advocate for policies that support housing stability for all.
Justice for All
Through a multi-year collaboration with the Minneapolis Foundation and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, we’re working to bring transformational change to our criminal justice system and policies rooted in long-standing systemic racism.
Join Us as a Changemaker
Join the work, lending your power and your voice to issues that have the potential to transform our community.