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Nonprofit Involvement in Lobbying & Voter Registration Efforts in Milwaukee

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BMO Harris Community Room

2745 N. MLK Drive Lower level

Milwaukeee, WI 53212

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Attend a community leadership briefing to learn about results of the first-ever survey of Milwaukee nonprofit involvement in nonpartisan voter registration and lobbying efforts

The July 26th Leadership Briefing will cover:

  • Key findings from the survey of nonprofit involvement in lobbying and voter registration efforts in Milwaukee

  • Presentation and discussion of recommendations and solutions for increasing nonprofit involvement in nonpartisan voter registration, advocacy, and lobbying

  • Overview of proven resources for building nonprofit capacity to engage in these activities

DATE/TIME:Thursday July 26, 2018 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon

LOCATION: BMO Harris Bank 2745 N. MLK Drive Community Room Lower Level

PRESENTERS: Ashlie Benson & Kyle Hagge, Trinity Fellows, Marquette University and Frank Martinelli, The Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative and The Center for Public Skills Training

SPONSOR: The Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative, supported by Forward Community Investments (FCI)

Background:

A research team, composed of Ashlie Benson and Kyle Hagge, Trinity Fellows* at Marquette University studying political science, surveyed Milwaukee nonprofits to determine if they were utilizing two major tools at their disposal: nonpartisan voter registration and lobbying. The survey’s intention was three-fold: to discover if nonprofits conduct voter registration drives, if nonprofits participate in lobbying efforts, and if nonprofits understand the law regarding both activities.

The survey findings indicate a majority of nonprofits that responded are not participating in these activities for a variety of reasons. Alarmingly, the research team found several nonprofits mistakenly believe they are unable to participate in these activities given their 501(c)3 status.

Nonprofits are uniquely positioned within communities due to their consistent connection with stakeholders as well as with constituents who are not always touched by traditional political actors. This positioning provides nonprofits with opportunities to address systemic challenges and implement long-term solutions to problems. A sector that has access to many constituents and communities has the opportunity to enact long-term, systemic change when utilizing all of its resources fully.

This survey is the beginning of a process to encourage more nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee to strive for systems change through underutilized, yet extremely powerful, mechanisms such as nonpartisan voter registration, lobbying, and advocacy.

* The Trinity Fellowship enables students with a passion for social and economic justice to receive their graduate degree while working for local nonprofit organizations.


For more info: Contact Frank Martinelli, The Nonprofit Repositioning Initiative, frank@createthefuture.com

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