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The Intersection of Advocacy and Grants -- Raising the Dough

The federal and funding landscape continues to change. With the call for the elimination of programs like the Community Development Block Grant and changes in other long-standing federal programs, it may feel like it is time to duck and cover. Don't you dare! Instead be a loud and proud advocate (but not a lobbyist). 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.

Learning objectives: Participants will develop an understanding of the differences between lobbying and advocacy; Learn basic strategies for developing an advocacy plan, connecting with elected leaders, and effectively communicating needs; and will lean about best practices -- the do's and don'ts in advocacy.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
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, develop grant proposals, and report outcomes. She is a passionate and experienced advocate.