Driving Fearless Advocacy

It’s a challenging world for nonprofits and the communities we serve. COVID-19 has deeply exacerbated our community's greatest inequities and the road to recovery has been pitted by roadblocks and slowdowns. Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits welcomes nonprofits to our Activate Your Impact Policy Summit from February 15 to February 17.

This year's theme is Driving Fearless Advocacy. Designed for nonprofits that want to take their advocacy efforts to the next level, our summit speakers will provide inspiration and practical guidance about how to fearlessly drive policies that advance social justice for oppressed communities. As always, the summit will provide tools to help nonprofits further policies that will advance their missions.


Keynote Session is FREE

A la carte (each webinar):

$25 members
$45 members

Questions about AYI? No problem!Email Danna Elneil at DannaE@svcn.org for assistance.

#AYI22 took place as a six-part series of live webinars from February 15 - 17,
at 11am and 2pm
each day.
Scholarships Available

SVCN is committed to making our trainings and webinars accessible to nonprofit employees who have been underrepresented in nonprofit leadership and management roles.

Activate Your Impact

Day One - Tuesday, February 15

Supporting Good Trouble with Good Facilitation

Drive advocacy and build coalitions through strong facilitation with Meetings that Matter. Explore ways that Northern California College Promise Coalition activates its coalition members, partners, allies, and the greater community around bills, how to set up your teams and networks for success to promote your campaigns, how to keep people on task and on track throughout and after the campaign, and how to keep relationships strong regardless of the outcome.

Presented by Meredith Curry, Executive Director, Northern California College Promise Coalition

Housing Policy A to Z: What Nonprofits Need to Know in 2022

Nonprofit leaders rate the ongoing affordable housing shortage as an extremely important policy issue that our nonprofit community should tackle. But how can we do that when there are so many complex housing policy issues out there? Our panelists will decode the heretofore complex environment of housing policy so not only can you better understand what's on the docket of local governments, but you'll also have the tools to weigh in!

Moderated by SVCN's Kyra Kazantzis and featuring speakers:
Nadia Aziz, Housing Directing Attorney, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
Jen Loving, CEO, Destination: Home
Mathew Reed, Director of Policy, SV@Home

SPECIAL TIMING! 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Day Two - Wednesday, February 16

Driving Fearless Advocacy: Fireside Chat with Fred Blackwell(Keynote Presentation)

It has been a year and a half since a peak in the Movement for Black Lives following the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and George Floyd, and two years into a global pandemic that has devastated families and communities across the world. Since then, nonprofits and activists for social change agree that we can't revert back to business as usual. Last year, many of us made commitments to fight systemic racism, hold our organizations to higher standards, and co-create -- centering community voice -- a racially just community. Now is the time to reflect on how we're going to move forward and hold ourselves to the commitments we made.

Join us for a special fireside chat with Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, where he will unpack what it means to authentically commit to racial justice. Mr. Blackwell will share how his experiences helped shape the transformative changes he led at San Francisco Foundation to uphold their own commitments to build an equitable and thriving Bay Area. Jahmal Williams, Director of Advocacy for Racial Justice at San Jose State University, will engage in this dialogue with Mr. Blackwell

Nonprofit Advocacy & Organizing: Ready, Set, Go!

Nonprofit Advocacy & Organizing is a practical workshop for nonprofits covering strategy, tactics, partnering, and organizing to advance your organization's and community's policy objectives with a panel of nonprofit changemakers. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of the basics of advocacy, how to develop compelling messages that resonate with policy makers, and how to begin to organize the communities we serve. The panel will also discuss how organized  community members can and should inform your organization's policy and programmatic decisions.

Moderated by SVCN's Nick Kuwada, and featuring speakers:Jeffrey Buchanan, Director of Public Policy, Working Partnerships
Maritza Maldonado, Founder and Executive Director, Amigos de Guadalupe
Philip Nguyen, Founding Executive Director, Vietnamese American RoundtableVictor Vasquez, Co-Director, SOMOS Mayfair

Day Three - Thursday, February 17

Early Childhood Policy: Local Priorities in the Context of the California Budget

Early childhood learning funding and policy is experiencing a seismic change across the country. FIRST 5's new Deputy Chief of Early Learning will review the early education landscape, discuss FIRST 5' policy priorities, and how you can plug in to advocacy to ensure that our community has the quality early education opportunities it needs!

Presented by Dr. Heidi Emberling, Deputy Chief of Early Learning, FIRST 5 Silicon Valley, and featuring  speakers:Leah Asuncion, Program Officer in Early Learning, FIRST 5 Santa Clara CountyEsmeralda Rosales, Director of Early Learning, FIRST 5 Santa Clara CountyMatthew Tinsley, Director of the Strong Start Initiative, Santa Clara County Office of Education

Castle Intrigue: Upcoming Races and Their Implications for Nonprofits

Having good intel about who's who on the Santa Clara County Board and on city diases will make you a more effective nonprofit advocate! And if you know these speakers, you know that the intel will be served with a side dish of castle intrigue!

Speakers:Terry Christensen, Valley Politics
Poncho Guevara, Sacred Heart Community Service