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Why local breastfeeding coalitions?

Local breastfeeding coalitions bring individuals and organizations together. They enable women, families, and community members to share ideas, break institutional and cultural barriers, and solve problems related to breastfeeding, in addition to empowering and educating the public. By working together, coalitions can conserve resources by reducing duplication and sharing expenses, foster cooperation between diverse sectors, and increase the credibility and often the impact of their efforts.

Starting a Local Breastfeeding Coalition

Interested in starting a local breastfeeding coalition but don’t know where to start? The KBC can help! The KBC can facilitate a local coalition “start-up” meeting. See agenda and invitation template for a coalition start-up meeting. Contact Brenda Bandy at bbandy@ksbreastfeeding.org for more information about scheduling a start-up meeting in your community.

Resources for starting a local coalition:

Mission & Vision Statements:

Examples from KS Coalitions

Mission Statement Handout

Vision Statement Handout 

Projects for Local Coalition:

KBC Programs and Activities

Breastfeeding Tents in Public Events

NWKS BF Coalition Tent Agreement (with picture inventory)

PABC Swag Bag Info

Putting your float in parade – round-table 2014

Building Sustainable Lactation Support Projects through Policy, Systems & Environmental Change – Nikia Sankofa, NACCHO (Slides)

Community Engagement Ideas:

Community Engagement Ideas – 2016 KBC Coalitions Conference

Community Engagement Strategies – 2014 KBC Coalitions Conference

Community Engagement and Meeting Overview Handout

Tools for Local Coalitions:

 

Financial Forms & Information:

  • Online EIN Application– EIN # required for bank accounts and IRS 501(c)3 application
  • Form 1023-EZ:  Application for 501(c)3 status from the IRS.  For organizations with gross receipts of $50,000 or less and assets of $250,000 or less are eligible. $400 application fee.
  • Grant Writing Tips– Brenda Bandy, Dr. Sarah Jolley and Dr. Lisette Jacobson (Slides)
  • Grant Writing Tips – Handout