Advocacy in a New Administration: A Workshop for Funders

Tue, January 24, 2017,
9:00am to 11:00am PST
Seattle, WA + Online
2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 650, Seattle, WA 98121

With a new administration and Congress and many changes in the states, foundations and their grantees need to be engaged more than ever. Advocacy is often the most effective strategy in the philanthropy toolbox…and will be needed more than ever. This training will explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts and engage in advocacy themselves. Specifically, this session will provide an overview of activities that constitute advocacy and public policy work; various advocacy roles for foundations; definitions of lobbying; and rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific projects and multi-year grants.

Not sure whether or how to make the case for funding advocacy? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue? 

Join Philanthropy Northwest and Alliance for Justice, the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, for a workshop about advocacy considerations for funders. 

Who Should Attend?

Foundation and family office trustees and staff interested in increasing their impact — and that of their nonprofit partners — regardless of their previous experience in advocacy.

Based in Washington, D.C., Alliance for Justice provides information, resources and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their right to be active participants in the democratic process.

  • Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 24
  • Location: Philanthropy Northwest | 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 650, Seattle, WA 98121. Video conferencing will also be available for this program and information will be provided upon registration.
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About Abby Levine 

Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.

Prior to joining Alliance for Justice in 2004, Abby served as the Public Policy Analyst at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations. At NCNA, Abby monitored and analyzed issues affecting the nonprofit sector, such as challenges to nonprofit tax exemptions and advocacy, state budget cuts, government grants streamlining, and corporate governance. Before working at NCNA, Abby was an associate in the tax department at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio.

Abby holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from American University.

Don't Miss Democracy Northwest: Raising Philanthropy's Voice​

On the same day, we invite you to stay after this workshop and join us in the afternoon for a conversation about philanthropy's role in confronting and overcoming the deep challenges facing democracy today. Visit the event page here for more information.

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