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Advocacy

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WGA uses research, grantmaking, education and advocacy to create change. We lift our voices each time we select a focus area, support nonprofit organizations or champion better conditions, policies or procedures. As an organization, WGA explores ways to influence public policy through non-partisan activities. We encourage our Members to advocate for causes that impact the well-being of women and girls in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns Counties.

Lifting Our Voices

Over the years, our primary advocacy activity has been grantmaking. In the process of selecting focus areas and funding organizations with legislative agendas, we've supported change. Recently our Members have expressed an interest in engaging more actively on policies and legislation important to our grantees.

Indeed, WGA has a powerful voice and platform to impact women and girls. Our grantees agree. When asked what more WGA could be doing to advance women's and girls' issues in our community, their loud and united answer was “be one voice” on behalf of systemic changes.

WGA Member Kathleen Langford
WGA Advocacy Committee Co-Chair Kathleen Langford makes a point at WGA's “Sex Trafficking – Making A Difference” event.

Our Approach

With this in mind, WGA takes a three-pronged approach. Working in concert with our Education Committee and WGA Leadership, our Advocacy Committee:

Our process is simple and straightforward. We encourage Members to take the same approach as we do as an organization.

  • Define your issue or passion (For WGA, it needs to align with our mission and vision.)
  • Research the issue
  • Be familiar with and understand both sides of the issue
  • Make your views known to the person or group that can make change happen
  • Be a dedicated supporter for your cause

Advocacy Tools

Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor Book
“One in three middle school students and one in nine high school students are currently being recruited into sex trafficking.” – WGA Guest Speaker Dr. Katariina Rosenblatt, Survivor-Mentor, Advocate and Author of Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Trafficking Survivor

“Human slavery is an iceberg. We only see the tip of it. Our choices as consumers impact human trafficking…We don’t get uncomfortable enough.”

- WGA Member Crystal Freed, Attorney, Advocate, Community Organizer -

 

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Joanne Cohen, J.D.

Joanne Cohen, J.D.
Vice President,
Philanthropic Services
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

904.356.4483
JCohen@jaxcf.org

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