Who We Are
The Fair Budget Coalition advocates for budget and public policy initiatives that address poverty and human needs in the District of Columbia.
The Fair Budget Coalition accomplishes these goals by leveraging the collective power of its member organizations, including working with social service providers to empower those directly affected by poverty to participate in the advocacy process.
How We Work
FBC’s programmatic work will fall into four areas: advocacy; capacity building; constituent engagement; and information sharing.
Advocacy: Advocacy is at the core of FBC’s work and we bring together professional advocates, service providers, and those who will most feel the brunt of cuts to social services to collectively develop our budget and policy goals. From October through June, the bulk of this advocacy centers on ensuring that the District’s budget for the upcoming year meets the critical human needs of its most vulnerable residents.
Capacity Building: During the budget season and throughout the remainder of the year, FBC works to expand the capacity of its member organizations to engage in advocacy. This includes providing trainings for service providers in how to engage their client base in advocacy, as well as how to be effective advocates themselves. We provide these participatory trainings both to the staff of organizations and their client communities.
Constituent Engagement: Since our founding, we’ve aided service providers in moving toward advocacy driven by those most affected. In 2016, we will be launching our new Constituent Engagement Program, through which we will work with a cohort of organizational members to develop tailored plans for increasing their constituent engagement.
Information Sharing: FBC supports information sharing in multiple ways. We host monthly meetings in which our members strategize about the budget, share updates about changes in various policies or agency staff, and learn about opportunities to promote our shared agenda. We also serve as a clearinghouse, sharing information about various events, workshops, and training opportunities.