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Nebraska Civic Engagement Table

Empowering the rising electorate, together.

Lincoln, NE   |  www.nebraskatable.org

Mission

The Nebraska Civic Engagement Table builds transformative community power across Nebraska in partnership with its member organizations. We help nonprofits do good work better. We are a service-oriented organization focused on providing direct core support and capacity-building training and resources to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit members. We help nonprofits who provide direct services to, or advocate for, underrepresented communities to create, expand, and sustain civic engagement and nonpartisan voter outreach programs.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Meg Mikolajczyk

Main address

211 N 14th St

Lincoln, NE 68508 USA

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EIN

81-2233379

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a crisis for representative democracy in our state. Every election cycle, thousands of eligible Nebraskans are left out of the process of voting for the elected officials who will make policies that affect their lives – leading to community outcomes that can directly cause harm. According to a recent study, only 6% of Nebraskans trust that political parties will serve their communities. This lack of trust is a natural byproduct of short-term, transactional investment in local communities by partisan groups and political campaigns. It is particularly apparent when you consider that Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) individuals comprise 22% of the population but only 8% of registered voters.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nebraska Table Mini-Grants

The Nebraska Table encourages its nonprofit member organization to launch new and innovative civic engagement programs by offering program grants throughout the year. These grants fall into 3 categories:

1. Grassroots Mobilization for Legislative Advocacy.

2. Get-Out-The-Vote and Voter Registration

3. Community Organizing

In addition to funding, the Nebraska Table includes our full list of direct core support services to help with the execution of the program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The following includes some of the direct core support provided to the Nebraska Table's members.

VAN Integration Project: The Nebraska Table emphasizes a data-driven approach to advocacy. The Nebraska Table will train and help each nonprofit member integrate the Voter Access Network (VAN) database into its current advocacy efforts. The Nebraska Table will have dedicated staff to train members and provide technical assistance to ensure each member can utilize the database to the best of its ability.

Communications Hub: Clear, persuasive, and unified messaging built around poll-tested language will amplify the efficacy of Nebraska Table members’ advocacy efforts. The Nebraska Table will staff a Communications Hub directed by a Communications Director to provide core communications support to all of its members around: messaging development, media relationships, press lists, social media campaigns, letters to the editor and op-eds, and rapid response action alerts. The Communications Director will facilitate regular meetings of members’ communications staff and provide training and support to members who lack dedicated communications staff.

Nonpartisan Voter Registration & Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) Campaigns: Nebraska’s nonprofit organizations have developed close, trusted relationships with the community members they serve. Those strong relationships make our nonprofit organizations the best positioned to mobilize their constituencies and underrepresented voters in rural communities and urban neighborhoods. To this end, the Nebraska Table will work with its members to create strategic nonpartisan voter registration and GOTV campaigns to mobilize Nebraskans across the state to vote.

Organizational Trainings: The Nebraska Table will provide its members access to core capacity trainings for its leadership and staff to ensure members use best practices. Example trainings could include: nonprofit finances, message development, grassroots canvassing, fundraising, etc.

Community Civic Engagement Trainings: The Nebraska Table will provide opportunities for grassroots activists and community leaders to participate in civic engagement trainings. Example trainings could include: the legislative process, citizen lobbying, message development, grassroots canvassing, etc. Nebraska Table members can connect their supporters to these trainings, and the Nebraska Table will serve as a conduit to connect activists to its nonprofit members.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As part of the Table's commitment to increasing our member's ability to run innovative and effective civic engagement programs, the Nebraska Table has launched the first "Organizer School" for Nebraska.

The Nebraska Table will hire and train organizers that will be placed with our member organizations for 1 year contracts. The Table will cover all expenses including salary and benefits for the duration of the contact. The goal of this program is to show the value of community organizing as well as enable organizations to expand their reach into the communities they serve.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Nebraska Civic Engagement Table

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robia Qasimyar

Valeria Rodriguez

Karen Bell-Dancy

Yolanda Nuncio

Sapphire Andersen

Shereece Dendy-Sanders

Corrie Kielty

Favian Mendez

Grant Freidman

Rachel Fox