Funders and Advocacy: What You Need To Know - Alliance for Justice Training

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 -
11:00am to 12:30pm EST
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Members are invited to a special workshop on Funders and Advocacy: What You Need To Know

Advocacy can be a powerful tool to increase impact and further your mission. But many funders have questions about what they can, and cannot, do when it comes to advocacy. Private and public foundations can engage in advocacy themselves and fund grantees to advocate on issues. The AFJ's Bolder Advocacy project was designed to provide everything you need to know in order to engage confidently in the advocacy space.

Presenters will provide expert guidance on what funders need to know from both the state and federal level.

After this workshop, you will have a clear understanding of the kinds of advocacy activities your foundation can safely engage in and best practices for grantmaking to give your grantees the most flexibility under the law for their advocacy efforts.

Not sure how to make the case for funding advocacy?  Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue?  This training answers these questions and more!


Christine E. Bromberg, Partner, Robinson + Cole, LLP

Christine Bromberg is a member of Robinson + Cole’s Tax Group, where she represents clients in connection with a broad range of federal income tax matters and has extensive experience guiding clients through tax-related issues. She is co-chair of the firm's Education and Exempt Organizations Group and has counseled a variety of exempt organizations, both private foundations and public charities, with respect to structure and formation, charitable gift planning, operational and transactional matters, and unrelated business taxable income strategy and planning. Christine is a certified public accountant and an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she teaches a course on corporate taxation.
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Jen Powis, Senior Counsel, Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice

Jen Powis has over a decade of experience as a public interest attorney, and extensive legal experience. As Senior Counsel for Bolder Advocacy, she provides resources and training regarding federal tax law for nonprofit organizations engaged in advocacy. She provides nonprofits, including public charities and private foundations, guidance regarding how to advocate and collaborate effectively. Jen has both worked for and provided outside general counsel to dozens of organizations and individuals focused on public policy, and was named a Top Lawyer for Nonprofits for three years in a row prior to joining AFJ.
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This program is part of CCP's 2022 policy series. 

About Alliance for Justice: 

Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of 120 organizations representing a broad array of civil rights, environmental, immigration, disability, consumer, workers, women’s, LGBTQ, and other groups committed to democratic values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society.

Bolder Advocacy is a special project of the Alliance for Justice, bringing the nation's top experts together to provide nonprofit and foundation leaders essential training and resources.


This event is open to all CCP members. To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please click the "Register Now" link above. 

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