Hi, I'm Mark.
In case we haven't met in person, I've been leading the Association's public policy department since 2005. The Association's policy energy is focused primarily on state and federal issues that have a substantial impact on Colorado's nonprofit organizations.
To give a few examples:
- We advocate for Colorado's nonprofit community on tax and budget policies that help nonprofits raise more funds and against those that take it away.
- We advocate for sensible oversight of nonprofits, balancing the need for the public to know how the work of nonprofits impacts communities with avoiding unnecessary and burdensome reporting requirements.
- We advocate for nonprofits and government partnerships that help both parties meet the demands of the populations they serve.
For all the time that our team spends on issues like these, I am most passionate about working with nonprofits to have a loud voice when working for policy change. Laws and regulations affecting the work of nonprofit organizations ought not to be changed without elected officials asking the experts (us!). Because they don't always know to ask for our perspectives, we need to speak up and make our voices heard.
Not only is advocacy work important for helping Colorado's nonprofits carry out their particular missions, but it's also important to us because it helps us serve you. We spend a lot of time talking with policymakers about the big picture, but you can tell the story of what's happening in your community with the populations you serve.