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

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
9:30am to 4:30pm
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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.


PRESENTER

Abby Levine
Director, Bolder Advocacy Initiative
Alliance for Justice

 

 


REGISTRATION

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


QUESTIONS?

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

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