We help our nonprofit members maximize their full advocacy potential by providing the civic engagement tools and resources they need to engage with voters and members of their communities; by helping them create, grow, and sustain grassroots mobilization efforts; and by building stronger connections between nonprofits doing similar work in other communities throughout the state. Our programs include:
Building Organizational Capacity
The Nebraska Civic Engagement Table’s Member organizations have access to a team comprised of experts in Communications, Field Organizing, and Data, with extensive experience in areas such as campaign management, legislative advocacy, nonprofit fundraising and development, traditional and digital organizing, and media relations. In addition, our members have access to a statewide network of their nonprofit peers, as well as a national network of state coalitions via the State Voices network.
Building Voter Power
We help nonprofits create, sustain, and grow their nonpartisan voter registration and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) programs by providing funding, training, and access to the Voter Activation Network (VAN).
We also conduct our own GOTV tests and experiments to determine best practices for building local, long-term community capacity and engaging voters on the key issues affecting their lives. NCET shares our own GOTV methodology and messaging best practices, as well as results of other independent research, with our members through our weekly member newsletter.
NCET works with coalition partners to facilitate coordinated grassroots Legislative Advocacy campaigns in support of socially responsible public policy. We provide timely updates as bills move through the Nebraska Unicameral, including messaging guidance, field organizing support, and funding for grassroots mobilization campaigns through our Mini-Grant program.
Lobby School aims to support participants in taking a 360-approach to movement building by connecting elections and grassroots efforts to policy work. This program is intended to expand the advocacy infrastructure in our state and build power, particularly among Nebraska’s BIPOC and rural communities.
In 2018 we launched our inaugural Organizer School, a program through which we hire, train, and place community organizers with our member organizers, providing their salary and benefits for one year. The purpose of the program is for nonprofits to realize the benefit of having a full-time organizer on staff, and to gain measurable data to support their programs and secure future funding, and to create a pipeline of nonprofit leadership for talented and engaged advocates in underserved and underrepresented communities.
Training & Professional Development
NCET provides individualized training to our members based on their Communications, Field Organizing, and Data needs. We also provide larger capacity building training such as management, grassroots fundraising, and equity & inclusion via nationally renowned trainers at no cost to our members.
Through our Mini Grant program, we provide funding to nonprofit member organizations to support their Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV), Grassroots Lobbying, or Community Connectedness initiatives. Our grant opportunities also include access to our team of experts to help create, launch, track progress, and gather quantitative data on the programs we fund. This is particularly beneficial to smaller nonprofits who are running a program for the first time. Helping our grantees collect data that demonstrates a measurable impact of their program helps them to seek additional funding from other sources in the future. In 2018, we distributed $115,000 in mini grant funds.
Building Collaboration Between Nonprofits
Through our growing membership base and relationships with local, state, and national partners, our members gain access to an expansive network of 501c3 nonprofit organizations working in a variety of direct services, public policy, grassroots advocacy, and/or social justice sectors. NCET serves as a central hub of communication for our nonprofit members, providing key organizational updates and events, sharing best practices, and coordinating on messaging and targeting audiences.
Our staff and members work together to connect nonprofits so they can work together collaboratively: sharing resources, reducing duplication of efforts, and expanding the collective reach of their missions and initiatives by working across communities.
Building a Nonprofit Leadership Pipeline
Our paid internship program is open to students, recent graduates or any person seeking experience in field organizing and/or communications work as it relates to civic engagement, advocacy, public policy and nonprofit leadership. Since our launch in 2016, many of our interns have either joined NCET as permanent staff, or have been hired by our member organizations.