Yes, You Can Advocate! How Funders Increase Impact with Advocacy, Lobbying, and Policy Education

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
9:30am to 4:30pm EST
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For CCP Member staff and trustees of public and private foundations

Two options available (please choose one when you register):

  • Wednesday, December 6
    9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, 40 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

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  • Wednesday, December 6
    2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    The Rockfall Foundation, 27 Washington Street, Middletown

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In a time of limited resources and greater need, savvy foundations are increasing impact through advocacy, lobbying, and policy education. It’s an often-misunderstood sphere of influence that, if done well, can move the needle.

We know there are many questions including:

  • How do I make the case for funding advocacy? 
  • Can I fund grantees that lobby? 
  • Can my public or private foundation speak out on a particular issue? 

This training, geared for both public and private foundations, answers these questions and more! The topics below will be covered through the lenses of federal and Connecticut law.

  • Reasons for public and private foundation support for advocacy
  • Overview of activities that constitute advocacy and public policy work
  • Various advocacy roles for foundations
  • Definitions of lobbying
  • Activities that are exceptions to the definitions of lobbying, including those which are permissible by private foundations
  • Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants
  • Grant agreement language that permits support for policy work  

CCP is partnering with Alliance for Justice (AFJ), a national association of 118 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For over 35 years AFJ has been a leader in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental protection, immigrant rights, consumer rights, women’s rights, LGBT equality, and other groups working for social justice.


Abby Levine
Director, Bolder Advocacy Initiative
Alliance for Justice




Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, Cal Dee Goodrich, 860-525-5585.


Contact Dee Goodrich, Director of Member Engagement, 860-525-5585.

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