"The three greatest strengths of this text are its readability – taking a complex activity (lobbying) and breaking it down into ten digestible steps is very appealing; examples – real life applicability that allow the instructor to get inspired and to emulate the examples & exercises; the questions at the end of the chapters." (Priscilla Allen)
"I really liked the writing style! It was warm and personable. I loved the first sentence of the introduction. I feel the authors challenge students to think critically! The discussion questions will make for interesting class discussions. I like that the author has broken the ten step process into multiple chapters. That makes it easier from a lecture standpoint! Good procedural steps, and tips on doing regional analysis. The discussion is current and easy to understand." (Louis Laster)
"The manuscript unfolds in an organic manner that generally introduces new material in the order that it will make the most sense to students. The great strength of the manuscript is its encouraging tone. The challenge we face is engaging our students for a lifetime of advocacy. We walk a fine line between giving enough information so that our students can have an initial successful advocacy experience and pouring on so much information that the task seems impossibly discouraging. In general the Handbook successfully meets this challenge." (Warren Yoder)
About the Author
clinical professor, created and directs the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego. A Boston native, she has worked as a CEO, board member, and consultant to numerous nonprofits since 1978. Prior to becoming an academic and consultant, she devoted her career to nonprofits serving economically disadvantaged people and communities in Massachusetts and California. Her last executive management position was as president/CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, which she developed into a nationally recognized organization responsible for leveraging hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment for CDCs. Her experiences there led Pat to develop the strategic framework that she uses to teach students local and state lobbying as described in this book.