IDA Advocates are an important part of our success
IDA’s Advocacy program is a nimble and effective distributive network, capable of sharing best practices and tools while remaining locally attuned to specific geographic, political and demographic needs. Our program empowers a network of advocates with solutions so that they can preserve, protect, and reclaim the awe of the natural night in their communities.
You can help us fight light pollution and protect the night sky. Our members and supporters are on the ground making a difference every day by spreading the word about light pollution to their neighbors, communities and public officials. You can make a difference, too! Become a leader in night sky protection.
To join the advocacy program, advocates execute a formal, legal agreement with IDA. Options are described below.
The IDA Delegate program is an opportunity for individuals to do important dark sky advocacy volunteer work on behalf of the IDA.
IDA Delegates will be publicly identified as an official IDA Delegate on IDA’s website. As necessary IDA Delegates will receive support and assistance from IDA to formally represent IDA’s mission and vision in their community and host IDA events.
IDA Delegates are asked to submit a resume and strategic plan outlining their goals for the year in service of IDA. IDA will review this plan and support delegates in achieving their goals.
The IDA Affiliate Program formalizes a relationship with an existing organization that typically would already have its own 501(c)(3) status and desires to “affiliate” with the IDA in order to further the IDA’s mission and goals.
IDA Affiliates will be publicly identified as an official IDA Affiliate on IDA’s website. As necessary IDA Affiliates will receive support and assistance from IDA to formally represent IDA’s mission and vision in their community and host IDA events.
IDA Chapters are formalized statewide organizations representing IDA locally. Staffed by volunteers, our chapters act as local bases for IDA helping to support the distributive network of advocates. IDA chapters build coalitions of members to promote dark skies across the state. Chapters organize events such as dark sky festivals, conferences, and star parties while working to educate their communities and government officials about the importance of protecting night skies, eco-friendly outdoor lighting, and much more. Becoming an IDA Chapter is an involved process, and requires a broad base of IDA membership support.