Lydia McCoy

Lydia McCoy is currently the executive director of the Raymond Wentz Foundation. She was formerly the president of Nonprofit Gazebo, Inc. and community director at TEDxMileHigh. McCoy is committed to advancing a thriving, inclusive, and influential nonprofit community. Originally from New Orleans, Lydia has spent the last ten years engaging with the Denver area nonprofit sector in multiple capacities. She received her BA in Political Science from Tulane University and her Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Lydia most recently served as Executive Director of the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC), a statewide health advocacy organization. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the National Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). During her career in the sector she has enjoyed the opportunity to work in a range of capacities on a variety of impact areas, including managing staff and volunteers, developing effective programming, and generating revenue for health, homelessness, child abuse, youth mentoring, public radio, and educational nonprofits. She has participated in the El Pomar Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program, represented Colorado at the National Nonprofit Congress, and was a fellow with Social Venture Partners Denver, serving on the Grantmaking Committee. She has presented at local and national conferences and consults on nonprofit capacity-building, governance, advocacy, and emerging leadership.

Advocacy: Begin with an approach that fits your nonprofit

Engaging in advocacy is one of the most effective ways for your nonprofit to achieve its mission. By augmenting the services and programs you provide with an active voice for change, you can meet the need while working to affect the systems creating the need. Although it can seem daunting, advocacy programs

Taking risks for the public good

The heads of many, if not most, of our nonprofit organizations, large or small, traditional or non-traditional, seem afraid to speak out publicly on important public issues, go on the record with their positions, confront controversial problems or critique their weak or

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