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A Founder Like No Other

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Written by Miles Bilka, CNP
June 25, 2021 | 2 min. read

Happy Birthday to our founder, H. Roe Bartle! Today, we celebrate the foresight and vision he held to start the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA).

Bartle founded NLA in 1948 as American Humanics. Known nationally for his impressive gift for engaging crowds with his sharp wit and booming voice, Bartle was a social entrepreneur, American businessman, philanthropist and two-term Kansas City Mayor. Bartle seemed determined to participate in making the world better, accepting as many as thirty appointments to philanthropic boards and commissions.

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Lobbying: come on in, the water’s fine!

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Written by Keely O’Sullivan Kurtz, MS, CNP
June 9, 2021 | 2 min. read

Nonprofit professionals are resource gatherers, community builders, and changemakers. We work to educate our stakeholders, build coalitions and mobilize them to take action. We are advocates.

Even though advocacy is a regular part of the nonprofit gig, one form of advocacy often makes nonprofit professionals nervous. This is the act of lobbying. We’ve heard that lobbying can get our organizations into trouble with the IRS and risk our tax-exempt status. This fear pushes many nonprofits to the legislative sidelines. This means that we, the people with the most expertise in our content areas, aren’t in the rooms where the policy affecting our missions is negotiated and set.

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