RESCHEDULED: Nonprofit Advocacy Workshop

Monday, March 4, 2019

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, First Floor Conference Room
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Build a Movement: Nonprofit Advocacy Workshop

Tools to use Public Policy to Achieve your 501(c)(3) Mission

Monday, March 4

10:00AM - 2:30 PM

Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, First Floor Conference Room

Your nonprofit is building something important. You and your colleagues are creating a structure that allows you to fully achieve your mission and make your community vibrant and strong. Your organization's "house" should include a structure for public policy advocacy. But what does that mean? How do you get ready to step into advocacy? What should your organization be doing everyday to be ready? And what about lobbying?

Build a Movement: Nonprofit Advocacy Workshop gives you what you need to use policy to better achieve your mission. It outlines the key things to know to engage in public policy in Washington State, including the differences between state and federal rules related to lobbying. Based on the Build A Movement toolkit to be released by Washington Nonprofits in early 2019, this workshop presents the 3 main chapters of nonprofit advocacy:

  • Foundations: Important definitions and principles
  • Everyday advocacy: Tools, people, and systems that nonprofits can engage everyday to ensure their organizations are strong, connected, and nimble.
  • Step-it-up advocacy: Lobbying and the rules, opportunities, and limitations associated with it

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: 

  • Name activities besides lobbying that are part of a nonprofit advocacy plan.
  • List key people on your team (both inside and outside your organization) and what role they will play.
  • Describe one aspect of your organization's culture that supports (or could support!) your advocacy work.
  • Explain where advocacy shows up in your organization's current planning documents.
  • Tell a story that illustrates why a policy change will make a difference in your community.
  • Make the case for why lobbying is a good thing for a nonprofit to do.
  • Explain the difference between what lobbying is at the federal and state levels and what you need to do if you are lobbying.
  • Name one activity related to advocacy that you will move forward within your organization.

This workshop is very hands-on, with a lot of opportunity for peer conversation and plan building. You will leave with key elements of your advocacy approach developed and ready to put to work!

Intended Audience

This workshop is designed for nonprofit leaders—executive directors, program directors or board members, who are ready to expand their use of policy to achieve their goals. It is best if you have some capacity to take action around your advocacy goals, either through staff or very active board members.

About the Presenters

Nancy Bacon

Nancy Bacon is a teacher and instructional designer who has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She led the teams creating Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits, Boards in Gear, Let's Go Legal, and Strategic Planning in Nonprofits and regularly teaches on nonprofits topics in communities across Washington.

Gabriela Quintana

Gabriela Quintana earned a Masters of Social Work from Boston University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington. Prior to joining EOI, Gabriela managed her own consulting business where she worked on social and racial justice issues such as the panhandling ordinance in Seattle, the voting restoration rights bill in Olympia as well as on some state-wide initiatives such as the domestic partnership and the anti-liquor privatization initiatives.

This workshop is presented by Washington Nonprofits.

Register for this training: click here.