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"Bolder & Wiser:" Advocacy Training (Part 1 - Lobbying & Advocacy)

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1200 12th Ave South

Pacific Tower

8th Floor Panoramic Center

Seattle, WA 98144

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Registration closes at noon on Friday, August 9, 2019.

Nonprofits have a responsibility to stand up for changes that benefit the communities they serve. Imagine how different our state would look if every nonprofit engaged in advocacy to advance public understanding of their issue and galvanize action by city, county, state, and federal legislators!

Join ACRS, Win/Win Network and 501 Commons for a full day of practical workshops about advocacy. This intensive training is designed as both a crash course for newer nonprofit advocates and a refresher for seasoned veterans.

This morning workshop includes two sessions, followed by an interactive lunch panel. The afternoon session covers the DISCLOSE Act Reporting, WA PDC Reporting, 501c3/c4 Partnerships.

If you want to attend the afternoon session, please register for it separately.

Morning Sessions

Session 1: Worry-Free Lobbying: Legal Tips for Nonprofits (Quyen Tu, AFJ)

Now more than ever, your community is relying on you to stand up for them. If you think your 501c3 public charity status prevents you from advocating for new laws and policies, think again! You can legally advocate for public policy and community change at every level of government. After this workshop, you’ll have a clear understanding of:

  • Your 501c3 organization’s right to lobby
  • What does and doesn’t count as lobbying
  • Your annual lobbying limit
  • How to make the most of your organization’s lobbying power

Session 2: Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times (Quyen Tu, AFJ)

You know your 501c3 organization is supposed to stay nonpartisan, but are you allowed to praise a politician who champions your issues? Can you criticize the policy decisions of someone running for re-election? Although 501c3 organizations cannot support or oppose candidates for public office, you can still engage in public policy activism, as long as you understand the guidelines. Learn about the federal tax laws regarding nonpartisan activities for 501c3s, including how to:

  • Advocate for your organization and your community
  • Safely educate the public about candidates and ballot issues
  • Wisely engage your community in voter registration and "get-out-the-vote" efforts
  • Weigh the risk factors when creating and sharing public policy communications, especially on social media

Advocacy Jeopardy (Quyen Tu, AFJ): Look forward to this fun gamification AFJ has developed to help us all remember the federal rules that apply to nonprofits.

Lunch Panel: Making your Lobby Day Count - Continue the conversation with your colleagues over lunch (included in your ticket price).

About our trainers:

Quyen Tu is the Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. She is a long-time active member of the American Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association.

About Alliance for Justice / Bolder Advocacy: Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their rights to be active participants in the democratic process. By decoding and demystifying advocacy rules, Bolder Advocacy gives nonprofits and foundations the confidence to assertively advocate for community change.

This event is a part of the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative



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