What is a proclamation?

A proclamation is a public or official announcement issued by a Governor, Mayor, and/or City Council member to commemorate a specific time period (day, week, or month) for the purpose of raising awareness about local efforts. (Example: National Infertility Awareness week designated in April).

Why are proclamations important?

Proclamations help increase public awareness about a specific issue. Having an elected official, like a mayor or town supervisor, who is in a leadership position show support for the proclamation helps validate one of the goals of National Infertility Awareness Week—changing the conversation around infertility and family building.

Who can submit a request for a proclamation?

Proclamations can only be submitted and requested by individuals living in the requested state and/or city to their governor, mayor, or city council. Organizations are not allowed to submit one on behalf of a cause and out of state residents requesting will also be denied. Please note: A RESOLVE volunteer advocate in each state has been chosen to request a proclamation from the Governor’s office. Please consider requesting a local proclamation in your town or city.

We would like to have a proclamation in as many towns and cities leading up to National Infertility Awareness Week, April 18-24, 2021, to create a movement of educational awareness.

Instructions for Submitting a Proclamation:

  1. Once you’ve sent you proclamation, please let us know. We’ve created an NIAW Proclamation Form to help track which states and/or cities have been asked to show their support. Please email advocacy@resolve.org
  2. Google your mayor’s office and/or city counsel to find contact information and to learn how to submit a proclamation. Often if you google “City of X proclamation instructions” it will bring you to a short link to fill out or provide you with an email address to send more information.
  3. Please be aware of the deadline for requesting a proclamation. Some cities require 4-6 weeks ahead of National Infertility Awareness Week. Please request your proclamation to be issued between April 18th- 24th, 2021.
  4. Once you research how to submit the proclamation either by filling out an online link or emailing your mayor/city council, please remember to do the following:
  • Copy and paste the State Proclamation template found here onto the request form or email. Remember to insert your city into the document.
  • If the online link or instructions asks for a requesting organization, please insert, “RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.”
  • If the form asks for a proclamation title, write “National Infertility Awareness Week.”

If you have any questions, and/or would like support to walk you through submitting your proclamation request, please email Tracie Sullivan, RESOLVE Grassroots Outreach Manager at tsullivan@resolve.org.

Click here to see what locations have proclamations.