Advocacy in Action Workshop Series

Fri, April 6, 2018, 10:00am PDT to Mon, December 10, 2018, 10:00am PST
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Philanthropy Northwest invites you to join us for a special workshop series on policy advocacy. This series is designed for foundation staff and trustees who want to build their knowledge and capacity to fund and implement policy advocacy strategy. This is a six-session series happening bi-monthly beginning in February 2018 and running through December 2018. Participants will join the workshops virtually through video conference and engage with speakers and peers through polling and chat functionality. Each session will focus on a particular topic and engage thought leaders in the subject matter as well as peer funders who will share their own experience investing in and or doing policy advocacy work. Participants will receive pre-read materials a week before each session. You have the option of signing up for the six session series or individual workshops. At the end of the series funders will have knowledge to move forward with the development and implementation of their own strategies to participate and make strateigc investments in policy advocacy work. 

SESSION RATES: [To register for the full series, use the registration button on this page. For individual workshop sessions, follow the hyperlink next to the session you wish to register for]

Member Rate - Six sessions at $125 or individual sessions at $25 each
Non-Member Rate - Six sessions at $250 or individual sessions at $50 each
All members will get one hour of coaching with our internal policy experts. Non-members that sign up for all six sessions will get one hour of coaching. 


Feb 8 10:00-11:30

Why Policy/Advocacy?
In this session we will cover the value add for funders engaging in policy/advocacy as a strategy and some of the fundamentals. 

FACILITATORS: Remy Trupin and Meredith Higashi, Philanthropy Northwest.

Remy Trupin is a creative, strategic and entrepreneurial leader with extensive policy advocacy experience. Remy was the founding executive director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, an organization which he led and grew into a national model. He brings strategic insight from working with organizations and coalitions developing and implementing legislative advocacy, communication and ballot campaigns. In addition to his role with Philanthropy Northwest, Remy is a Senior Fellow with the national communications firm Topos Partnership and a Senior Consultant at Luma Consulting. Remy volunteers board leadership and strategic advice to social service, civic and human rights organizations and is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Meredith Higashi is Philanthropy Northwest's Senior Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy. Meredith has spent more than a decade in public policy, legal advocacy, cross-sector coalition-building, and engagement with diverse communities. She spent several years in Washington, DC, as an attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, a national civil rights organization, leading its amicus litigation program. She also helped lead policy initiatives for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She was most recently a consultant for non-profits and civic leaders around communications and advocacy strategies. 

GUEST SPEAKER: Courtney Chappell, Executive Director, Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Courtney has over 15 years of experience promoting racial and social justice. Prior to joining the Center, Courtney served as Deputy Director at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She has spent most of her career in the public interest sector, advocating for women of color and vulnerable populations on a variety of issues through community organizing, coalition building, training programs, and policy advocacy. Courtney has recently served as an advocacy content coach for Philanthropy Northwest's Building Community Philanthropy initiative. Learn more about Courtney.

Register for Why Policy/Advocacy?
April 6  10:00-11:30 AM

Policy Funding and Doing- The What and the Rules
In this session we will review the legal rules of funding policy advocacy work and participating as a funder in policy/advocacy activities including lobbying rules. 

Register for Policy Funding and Doing - The What and the Rules
June13 10:00-11:30 AM

Making the Case to Boards/Trustees
In this session we will look at questions trustees and boards have about engaging in public policy and how to make the case. Peers will share their own experience of how they made they case to their boards. 

Register for Making the Case to Boards/Trustees
Aug. 3 10:00-11:30 AM

Building Grantee Capacity to Do Policy Advocacy Work Including Community Organizing 
In this session we will look at investing in grantees and nonprofit partners to do the work of policy advocacy including base-building, community organizing, public education and lobbying. 

Register for Building Grantee Capacity to Do Pilicy Advocacy Work Including Community Organizing
Oct. 3/5 10:00-11:30 AM

Census 2020 (Session will take place at the PNW Annual Conference, virtual access available) 
In this session we will expore tactical roles for funders in supporting an accurate Census 2020. And why an effective Census is so important to the realizing the mission and vision of foundations and to the benefit of the communities they serve. 

Register For Census 2020
Dec. 10 10:00-11:30 AM

Measuring Impact - What Does Success Look Like
In this session we will look at ways funders measure impact of policy advocacy investment - from process to outcomes. 

Register for Measuring Impact - What Does Success Look Like