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Inside the Margins: A Cleveland Literature Industry Study

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Browse through these tools for nonprofits in the form of guides, templates and examples. Find resources for nonprofit strategic planning, hiring a consultant, developing job descriptions or other important management tools. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, our Reference Desk includes a list of nonprofit service organizations that may offer the information you need. In addition, Creative Compass offers guides directed at individual artists and creative businesses, which offer a depth of knowledge in each of the site’s main topics.

Tips for Using Personal Stories

How to use personal stories in the media.

Tips for Working with a Public Official

It is extremely helpful to have strong allies among public officials. Get to know where public officials stand on issues and find those who are sympathetic to your issues. Public Officials interested in working on these issues often have a personal connection. Building relationships with public officials opens the door to work more closely with them when changing public policy through shaping the debate on the issues, introducing bills and resolutions, and other effective ways to shape public policy.

Tips on Providing Testimony

It might be appropriate for you to give testimony on a bill at some point. Providing testimony can be a formal process. Here are some tips on preparation, protocol/etiquette and location of hearings.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. This fact sheet offers a look at how advocacy is defined and what kinds of activities comprise advocacy work.