The Nebraska Table works to strengthen Nebraska’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit community and develop the next generation of leaders by providing leadership development training, resources to our member organizations, and occasionally, to other nonprofit organizations in Nebraska as well. We do this through Our Programs:
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 the Table as permanent staff, or have been hired by our member organizations.
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 our communities.
Our Lobby School program 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. Participants receive dedicated training and mentorship to support beginning lobbyists in navigating policy work.
Those not already involved with an organization are invited to apply to the Lobby School program as a Policy Fellow. Policy Fellows are placed with one of our nonprofit members to develop a legislative plan. Policy Fellows integrate grassroots strategies, center impacted voices, and engage stakeholders throughout the program with the goal of advancing policy in our state.
Training & Professional Development
The Nebraska Table provides individualized training to our members based on their Communications, 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.