For information about joining the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table, please contact Zack Burgin.
NCET exists to strengthen Nebraska’s nonprofit community through collaboration, training, and leadership development. The resources we provide help our member organizations build year-round civic engagement in the communities they serve. Our goal is to ensure all Nebraskans’ voices are represented in the policy decisions that affect their lives, and to build leadership among community members and our nonprofit partners.
We serve as a backbone organization providing resources to nonprofit 501(c)(3) community and advocacy organizations that empower the rising electorate in our state. The rising electorate includes groups that are often underrepresented, such as African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, AAPI, new citizens, low-income families, unmarried women, LGBT Nebraskans, and young voters.
Any 501(c)(3) organization that provides direct services to an underrepresented group, or that advocates for underrepresented groups, would benefit from joining the Table’s collaborative network.
Benefits of memberships include support in the areas of:
- Coordinated, statewide nonpartisan voter registration and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) campaigns.
- Access to civic engagement tools (e.g., SMS texting platforms, tablets, phone and door-to-door canvassing lists, scripts, etc.).
- Convening nonprofits and leaders to form workgroups on common issue campaigns (e.g., voter registration, health care, environment, immigration, budget & taxes, etc.).
- Media relations, messaging, and strategic communications support through a central communications hub.
- Access to shared polling and research.
Data & Technology
- Access to statewide voter files (VAN), data management, and technical support.
- Access to modeling resources to identify issue supporters.
- Access to reduced-cost technology through bulk technology purchases.
Leadership Development & Training
- Priority access to training and consultation for nonprofit staff (e.g., lobbying rules, message development, fundraising, finance and management best practices, etc.).
- Priority access to grassroots leadership and activist training for nonprofit members’ supporters (e.g., Camp Wellstone).