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Tools for Advocacy

This session, led by a former Hill staffer (and current grant professional) will provide you with the tools and information you need to become an effective advocate. We will discuss lobbying vs. advocacy, and provide some specific examples of how communicating with elected officials turned from who are funding! 

While most grant professionals are comfortable developing relationships with foundations and corporations, they feel uncomfortable navigating the halls of the Capitol. Yet federal and state funds play an important role in their organization's budget. In fact, many non-profit organizations fear that communicating with their elected officials is lobbying and believe lobbying is illegal (really, it's not!). 

This session will provide specific samples and tools (yes -- handouts!) that participants can take home and immediately use. Whether you want to develop a full advocacy initiative, or just learn how to reach out to legislators and make them aware of the effectiveness of your organization, this session is for you! 

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking 
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders 


Karen began her career in the US House of Representatives working for Congressmen Bob Wise and Dick Gephardt. Transitioning into the nonprofit field, Karen applied her knowledge to help organizations obtain and manage nearly $500 million in grant awards (and federal earmarks). With more than 25 years of experience, she now helps organizations design programs and evaluation strategies, develops grant proposals, and report outcomes. She is a passionate and experienced advocate.