One of the toughest challenges with getting involved in advocacy is getting beyond that initial hurdle of making the case for why it is a strategic and important tool for pursuing your mission. Here are some questions you might anticipate to receive from your board members about advocacy, and suggested points to incorporate in your answers.
Foundations can be a powerful voice. Find resources and information about how Foundations can participate in shaping public policy as well as guidance regarding the legal rules and limitations that apply to public and private foundations engaged in lobbying and other advocacy activities.
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Make the most of your meeting with a member of Congress or congressional staffer by following this checklist and effectively conveying your message to them.
The initial outreach for engaging with your policymakers is important because it sets the stage for future interactions. Learn about how to make the most of this initial contact!
This webinar covered effective ways of communicating with members of Congress using the Internet and social media.
There are several dimensions of engagement across which your organization can choose to become active in policy and advocacy work, depending on your unique circumstances and goal.
Tips on how grantmakers can legally participate in the political process.
An overview of the laws that govern what community foundations can and can't do regarding involvement in the advocacy space.
An overview of the laws that govern what private foundations can and can't do regarding involvement in the advocacy space.
How should the company foundation's grants and activities fit into the sponsoring company's efforts to develop strong relationships with government officials? Is it self-dealing for company lobbyists to mention the good works of the foundation? May foundation employees lobby legislators? Should foundation grantees play a role in promoting the interests of the sponsoring corporation?