Lobbying & Advocacy: Key Issues Facing the Sector

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Jim White, Executive Director
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Presentation & Continental Breakfast at 8:00
Networking at 9:30

Advocacy helps your nonprofit meet its mission. It is an essential part of the work we do to lead an organization. This session will provide an understanding of what nonprofits can and should do to raise community awareness and protect the people they serve. Learn what’s happening on the state and federal levels that will impact our sector. We’ll have a conversation about making time for advocacy work, and we’ll discuss how you can effectively engage your Board in policy discussions and lead them to taking a position. Networking time will allow you to discuss the challenges you encounter, or anticipate, as you engage more actively in public policy advocacy and to share what works for you.

Participants will leave this session with:

  • An understanding of why advocacy is important for nonprofits
  • Tools and resources regarding what is permissible for nonprofits to do in lobbying and advocacy
  • Knowledge of the current policy issues that impact nonprofits on the state and federal level
  • Tips to engage your Board in policy discussions
  • Practical suggestions for advocacy from your peers

About the Presenter

Jim White serves as Executive Director of NAO where he works collaboratively with a statewide board of directors, staff, strategic partners, and the nonprofits across Oregon to build a more visible, influential, and resilient nonprofit sector in Oregon. Jim ensures NAO’s effectiveness by providing strategic, operational, ethical, and inspirational leadership that is consistent with the mission, values, policies, policies, and contractual obligations of the organization.

Prior to joining NAO, Jim worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 17 years. Most recently, he served as a senior manager with Mercy Corps. He is deeply committed to social change and has a passion for affecting systemic change in the way that the public, private, and nonprofit sectors work together to support and strengthen civil society. Throughout his career, Jim has worked on some of the most difficult humanitarian and development challenges of our times, in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, and North Korea. He is specifically skilled on working to build alliances and partnerships so that communities and organizations have a voice in the issues that are most important to them. He has also worked for the International Organization for Migration and the American Red Cross. Jim earned a BS in Engineering Technology from Temple University and an MA in Central Eurasian Area Studies from Indiana University.

About the Network

Executive Directors Network is designed to strengthen your management skills while providing field-tested concepts and tools to take back to your organization for implementation. In addition to skills development, each session allows for networking and peer coaching in a collaborative learning environment.

March 6th, 2013 8:00 AM   through   10:00 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Multnomah
United States
NAO Members $ 22.50
Nonmembers $ 25.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy
Board Development and Governance
Presenter Jim White
Event Region

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