This December 2017 edition of the Forum Policy Playbook focuses on the upcoming 2018 PolicyWorks Institute and Foundations on the Hill schedule for March 11-14 in Washington, DC. We look at why you and your members should attend; what you need to know to encourage your member’s engagement and your PSO team’s involvement; provide tips on how to organize and plan; and offer Forum member resources to help guide your efforts.
The November 2017 edition of the Forum Policy Playbook focuses on taking policy positions and creating a legislative agenda. We look at the common traits of successful legislative agendas; comment on the benefits of having a process in place to consider expedited approval of policy positions; and share samples from members that are engaging in this work.
The October edition of our month-by-month advocacy guide focuses on how to engage in elections. With off-year elections coming up in November, it is an appropriate time to focus on this issue, and perhaps stimulate some thinking on how your organization might get engaged in the elections in 2018 and beyond.shington to face debates over tax reform, and everyone re-focused on work after the summer holidays, this is an opportune moment to get our issues on policymakers’ radar.
The Forum submitted a written statement to the Hearing on Examining a Church’s Right to Free Speech Before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Government Operations and Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules in support of upholding the Johnson Amendment.
A broad, nationwide coalition of 501(c)(3) organizations, made up of charitable nonprofits, including religious institutions, philanthropy serving organizations, and foundations, delivered a clear message to Congress: maintain the current law that protects nonprofit organizations from being hounded for partisan political contributions and endorsements.
Template letter to send to your Member of Congress to thank them for a meeting.
Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!) and is designed to provide a diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening.
Advocacy is a powerful lever for real impact, but only 33% of nonprofit organizations report that their board members are actively involved in advocating for their missions. And many organizations aren’t advocating at all. Join us for an interactive session to learn more about the Stand for Your Mission campaign that’s building awareness about the importance of board advocacy.
As a part of preparing their delegations for their Hill meetings, some regional associations put together 1-2 page highlights of each Member of Congress including biographical details, legislative priorities, recent media coverage of interest, committee assignments, prior activity, etc.
To those unfamiliar with Capitol Hill, the titles given to staff of Members of Congress can be confusing. In order to enable you to be most effective in communicating with Congress, we have listed the most commonly used titles and principal functions of key staff in your Representative or Senator’s office.