Nonprofit Association of the Midlands / Coalition for a Strong Nebraska / Nebraska Civic Engagement Table
Nonprofits Advocacy Training
Wednesday, July 27, in Omaha, at The Thompson Center at UNO, 9am-4pm
Nonprofit Lobbying 101: Nonprofit Organizations lobbying the state legislature is not only legal – it's one of the most effective means for nonprofits to advance their missions! Whether influencing the state budget, protecting Medicaid, or speaking out in favor of legislation to regulate payday loans, there are many reasons that 501(c)(3) public charities choose to lobby to achieve their policy goals. This comprehensive workshop will help explain what lobbying is and why it is so important. Federal law allows 501(c)(3) public charities (including houses of worship and public foundations) to lobby within generous limits.
Nonprofit Lobbying 201: Lobbying on the state budget and areas of tax policy can be daunting to a nonprofit, yet these areas of policy have one of the biggest impacts on our agencies and clients. In this training, OpenSky Policy Institute will provide participants with a copy of their primer, Looking for Clarity: An Overview of Nebraska Budget and Tax Policy, and provide you with the information you need to engage in these important issues.
Non-Partisan Voter Engagement for Non-Profits: Non-partisan voter engagement work is a great way for nonprofits to build stronger relationships with their clients, constituencies, and base of supporters while also boosting civic participation and voter turnout among people who care about and are affected by the issues and ideals we are working towards. Nonprofits are also trusted messengers who can highlight the importance of participation in building strong communities and provide resources and information to make voting as easy as possible.
9-9:15 - Welcome
9:15-10:30 - Nonprofit Lobbying 101
10:45-12:15 - Nonprofit Lobbying 201
12:15-1:15 - Networking Lunch
1:15-4:00 - Non-Partisan Voter Engagement for Nonprofits