Kelly Rago and Kelly Kennedy attended the HFPG's 10/16/14 workshop on - Nonprofit Lobbying: The Benefits, the Costs, and the Rules. The program was designed for Executive Directors, Board Members, and Policy Staff.
Particularly useful is the presentation by Alliance for Justice, a leading source in explaining the ins and outs of lobbying and advocacy for nonprofits and why it's such a powerful tool for expanding a nonprofit's impact. See AFJ material in Handouts 1, 2, and 3 and their companion site, Bolder Advocacy.
Workshop Description: Lobbying can be an effective means of advancing your organization's mission. But what are the issues you should consider in deciding to enter the lobbying arena? This workshop will explore the "why" of lobbying as well as the rules for lobbying at the State and federal levels. Presenters: Isaiah Castilla, Alliance for Justice; Nancy Nicolescu, Office of State Ethics; Elysa Gordon, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Handout 1 - PowerPoint Slides Nonprofit Lobbying
Handout 2 - PowerPoint Slides Lobbying and Advocacy Rules for Nonprofits
Handout 3 - What is Lobbying Under the 501(h) Election?
Handout 4 - PowerPoint Slides CT Office of State Ethics Lobbyist Training
Handout 5 - How to Request Legal Advice
Handout 6 - Lobbyist Forms and Filing Deadlines
Handout 7 - CT Office of State Ethics About Us
***See also the AFJ's The Rules of the Game: A Guide to Election-Related Activities for 501(c)(3) Organizations.
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