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Online Advocacy Resources & Wkshps 6/12 & 26

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  • Dena Gross Leavengood
    Alliance for JusticeFrom: Alliance for Justice advocacy@afj.org Subject: Alliance for Justice Advocacy Resources & Workshops on Funding 6/12 & Lobbying 6/26
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2012
      Alliance for Justice
      Subject: Alliance for Justice Advocacy Resources & Workshops on Funding 6/12 & Lobbying 6/26
       
      Alliance for Justice
      Fighting for a Fair America
       
      ADVOCACY MATTERS
      Advocacy is the most effective tool nonprofits and foundations can use to advance their mission and serve their communities.
       
      BOLDER ADVOCACY
      Change the world with confidence
       
      BolderAdvocacy.org is the new online resource center for AFJ’s advocacy initiative.
      Search their robust – and FREE -- collection of how-to’s, fact sheets, and reports that help nonprofits stay up-to-date on advocacy and connect with a coach for one-on-one technical assistance and trainings. The site provides examples of how nonprofits have used advocacy to advance their causes, and promotes tools that help nonprofits measure and develop the ability to advocate and evaluate accomplishments.
       
      Advocacy Capacity Tool for organizational assessment (ACT)

      This tool helps assess organizational advocacy capacity by taking a snapshot of an organization’s skills, knowledge, and resources, and by providing analysis of the results. Comparisons to other organizations will be available after a database is established.

      The 18 indicators and related measures have been selected based on experience gathered by advocates, evaluators, funders, and other nonprofit leaders. Together, they represent the core areas of capacity for any organization or groups of organizations that aim to be effective advocates over time. We hope you will find the ACT helpful, and will use it regularly.

      This tool consists of:

      • Preliminary questions about the organization (this includes informal groups and coalitions).
      • Broad capacities, or indicators: 18 capacities organized into four sections
        • Advocacy Goals, Plans, and Strategies
        • Conducting Advocacy
        • Advocacy Avenues
        • Organizational Operations to Sustain Advocacy
      • Measures: each indicator has four basic measures and one to three advanced measures. Users rate themselves according to the measures.
       
      Register Now for Upcoming Online Workshops!
       

      Workshops last approximately one hour. You may register online or by calling Jose Olivas at (510) 444-6070. Workshop registration is $35 per attendee. You will need high-speed internet access to participate in these web workshops.

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      A Funder's Guide to Supporting Advocacy (6/12/12)

      This one-hour online session, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (EST) covers how private and public foundations can support nonprofit organizations that lobby. It also explains how foundations themselves can engage in legislative advocacy.

      » Register here!  http://afj.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=108669&view=Detail

      Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits (6/26/12)

      This one-hour online session begins at 2:00 p.m. (EST) and will explain the federal laws governing 501(c)3 lobbying, including how to calculate your lobbying limits under the insubstantial part test and the 501(h) expenditure test, definitions for direct and grassroots lobbying, exemptions to the definition of lobbying, and the application of these rules to the ballot measure activities.

      » Register here!  http://afj.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=108671&view=Detail

      Participants in our online workshops are also eligible to purchase our corresponding publications for half price. You can order these publications by calling Maria Clayton at (202) 822-6070.

      The information contained in this e-mail and any attachments is being provided for informational purposes only and not as part of an attorney-client relationship. The information is not a substitute for expert legal, tax, or other professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances, and may not be relied upon for the purposes of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code.


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