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Wednesday, November 13

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Empowering Community Residents to Become Agents of Change

Workshop
Policy and Advocacy


American laws traditionally have been shaped by donors, lobbyists, and others with the deepest pockets or best connections. So it comes as no surprise that public policies often neglect or deny equal opportunity to certain communities of race, gender, sexual orientation, and other characteristics. In this workshop, you’ll learn a community-driven approach to advocacy that can be used to build the political power of historically neglected groups. Presented by Community-Driven Advocacy

Wednesday, November 13

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm

A Case for Investing in Social Movements

Spark Talk
Policy and Advocacy


Social movements have proven to be key to creating a fairer and healthier society for all. But NCRP’s research shows that the sector lacks knowledge about movements, and funding for movements is inadequate, scarce, and poorly directed. Join this Spark Talk, designed to help grantmakers and donors understand why movements are critical to creating lasting change on the issues they care about – like health equity, racial equity, and economic security. And take advantage of practical advice for nonprofits working to raise more money for movement work, and funders seeking to invest in movements in better ways. Presented by NCRP

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Accelerating Change through State and Local Advocacy

Workshop
Policy and Advocacy


Feeling concerned about the political climate in Washington? Maybe you should shift your focus. In local and state government, elected officials are passing breakthrough legislation, introducing innovative policy, and enacting meaningful change. We’ll examine how tens of thousands of children across the country gained access to school meals through a strategy of state and local advocacy — and brainstorm ways that a similar approach could advance your cause and your mission. Presented by Share Our Strength

Wednesday, November 13

5:00 pm – 5:10 pm

Creating Positive Change through Board Advocacy

Spark Talk
Policy and Advocacy


The best boards know public policy impacts their organization’s work, and leverage advocacy as a way to stand up for their mission and the people they serve. But BoardSource research shows that only 52% of boards actively engage in public policy. If your board doesn’t have an advocacy role, how can you get them engaged? Join Stand for Your Mission to learn about resources that can help you talk with your board about advocacy and public policy, and fully leverage your organization’s capacity to create change. Presented by BoardSource

Thursday, November 14

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Presidential Campaign Forum on the Nonprofit Sector

Workshop
Policy and Advocacy


New polling shows that voters want candidates to work with nonprofit organizations, so it should come as no surprise that smart presidential candidates are doing just that. Senior representatives from some of the 2020 presidential campaigns will share their candidates’ positions on a wide range of issues that impact nonprofits and civil society. Please join Independent Sector for this engaging conversation and unique opportunity to elevate our sector’s issues together. More resources: A Message from Senator Amy Klobuchar to Nonprofits

Thursday, November 14

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Scaling up Mission-Centric Voter Engagement at Nonprofits

Turn the Curve
Policy and Advocacy


Nonprofits have a proven impact on voter turnout when they commit to registering and engaging voters at our agencies – we shouldn’t sit on the sidelines, but many organizations do. Nonpartisan doesn’t mean non-participation, and engaging voters helps build clout, awareness, and create community leaders to champion your mission. How can we scale voter engagement efforts across the sector to ensure a vibrant, representative electorate? Presented by Nonprofit Vote

Thursday, November 14

11:30 am – 11:40 am

How a Funder Is Building a County-wide Equity Movement

Spark Talk
Policy and Advocacy


After four years of launching an equity movement based on listening deeply and paying attention to people, data, history, and social structures, a new place-based Foundation with $150 million in assets is opening the Center for Health Equity in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Center will be both a physical place and a process focused on closing the equity gap in Pinellas County with policy, research, strategic support, and highly-trained operations to realize the community’s goal of a more civilized, equitable county. Presented by Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Thursday, November 14

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Understanding the Effects of Tax Policy on Charitable Giving

Focus Groups
Policy and Advocacy


The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has now been in effect for over a year. After the passage of TCJA, researchers projected the policy could significantly reduce charitable giving, which led to concerns among nonprofit leaders. Recently, there have been proposals in Congress aimed at changing specific pieces of TCJA, many of which could curb or negate the potential negative effects of TCJA on giving, specifically among low- and middle-income donors. Join us for a glimpse into how the policy changes affected charitable giving and what new proposals could curtail the potential negative effects of TCJA on giving.

Thursday, November 14

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Mobilizing Diverse Communities for Policy and Advocacy

Focus Groups
Policy and Advocacy


White children in Wisconsin are born healthier than black children, and the state has the nation’s highest rate of incarcerated black males (more than half are parents). What’s required to change statewide policies to advance equitable opportunities for African-American families? Presented by StriveTogether

Thursday, November 14

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

How to Be the Expert in the 2020 Elections

Workshop
Policy and Advocacy


The 2020 election cycle is heating up fast and there’s an ocean of information floating around. Where can voters turn to make sense of it all? Nonprofits. Research shows that nonprofits are one of the most trusted sources of information in America – but too many organizations shy away from speaking up during an election season. This workshop will teach you (yes, you!) how to use your expertise to help voters, donors, and volunteers better understand the issues that directly impact your mission. NOTE: This is not a workshop about legal issues related to lobbying and nonprofits. View more resources. Hosted …