"Through our involvement in policy, we're working to make larger structural reforms that will allow our grant funding to have more impact."
-Traci Bruckner, Research and Policy Director, Women's Fund of Omaha
“Be curious about lobbying rather than being reserved. There’s still a lot of fear about lobbying. It’s important to know the rules, but you can do this work too.”
-Sergio Sosa, Executive Director, Heartland Workers Center
“Learning from each other and teaching others. Sharing information and sharing resources. That’s what really attracted us to join the Coalition. It’s very valuable, and it doesn’t happen enough across our sector.”
-Sanjuanita Jaimes, Operations Director, Justice for Our Neighbors - Nebraska
“Working with other partners with like-minded interests through the Coalition only strengthens our policy work.”
-Sarah Ann Kotchian, Vice President of Education and Early Childhood Policy, Holland Children’s Movement
"There are so many thrilling wins that can encourage organizations to engage in the legislative process and show the real tangible benefits of this type of work. It makes people’s lives better."
-Danielle Conrad, Executive Director, ACLU of Nebraska
"CSN brings together direct service and advocacy organizations ensuring policy ideas are rooted in community experience and policy makers are hearing from people who will be directly impacted by the policies they are considering."
-Becky Gould, Executive Director, Nebraska Appleseed
“A lot of the work is really about building relationships, both with policymakers and with the kind of other people that care about the same things that you do.”
-Aubrey Mancuso, Executive Director, Voices for Children
“If you have a fear of advocacy or lobbying and you want to overcome it, you have support from the different Coalition members to make the process easy.”
-Amber Hansen, Executive Director, Community Action of Nebraska