IDA Advocates are an important part of our success
IDA’s Advocate Network is a global community united in its efforts to protect the night from light pollution. IDA’s Advocate Network is comprised of Delegates, Chapters, and partner Affiliate organizations. Each member of the Advocate Network is given access to an exclusive online dark sky community, monthly webinar trainings, and specialized communications from IDA. Check out the work of some of our advocates, and review your options for engagement below.
The IDA Delegate program is an opportunity for individuals to partner with 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 Delegate applicants must be IDA members in good standing. They must also submit a resume and a strategic plan that includes a plan for helping to grow IDA membership. Please submit these materials via the General Advocate Application.
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 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. A majority of the proposed IDA Affiliate board members must be IDA members in good standing. They must also submit a strategic plan that includes a strategy for helping grow IDA membership. Please submit these materials via the General Advocate Application.
Staffed by volunteers, our chapters act as local bases for IDA helping to support our global network of advocates. Chapters are sustainable long term organizations. It takes considerable time and resources to support a chapter. The establishment of an IDA chapter is evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on potential impact and scale. Generally, we look for chapters who have a plan to:
- Perform outreach and education
- Establish a policy plan
- Grow the number of IDA members in the state
If you are interested in starting a Chapter, please fill out the General Advocate Application and a staff member will be in touch with further details. Chapter applicants must be IDA members in good standing.
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