Advocating for important causes you care deeply about can change the world for the better and instill your life with a sense of purpose and satisfaction that is hard to come by through any other means.

Ann Brandau, who has worked across the government, nonprofit, and public health sectors in her zeal to help others, says being an advocate can be daunting, and many don’t know where to begin. …

Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in local communities, providing valuable services to those in need and advocating to local government and business leaders on their behalf.

Tax shortfalls due to COVID-19 and the resulting cutbacks in government spending are making nonprofits even more essential than ever says public health professional Ann Brandau, the founder and former long-running executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association of Kansas City.

She details key steps that anyone can use to start a nonprofit that can bring hope and resources to their community and purpose to their lives.

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Craft a Mission Statement

Before you can attract other like-minded individuals to your cause and pursue funding to bring that cause from vision to reality, you’ll need to craft a mission statement that describes what your nonprofit is all about. …

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many of us confined to our homes for much of the past four months, which has had a significant impact on both our mental and physical well-being.

According to Kansas City public health professional Ann Brandau, that’s no surprise, as physical and mental health are deeply interconnected. Without one, the other tends to fail, which can lead to a spiraling effect of worsening outcomes.

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Thankfully, she points out that the inverse is also true. Being physically active improves wellbeing and sleep, lowers stress, and is a powerful antidepressant, all of which contributes to better mental health. …


Ann Brandau

Public health professional with extensive experience in overseeing and implementing community health initiatives | Kansas City, Kansas |

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