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Advocacy 101: What Is It + How Do We Start?

May 25, 2022, 9am-10am EDT


Can nonprofits advocate? Yes! Can they lobby? Absolutely! Are there rules you need to know before getting started? You bet there are!

This virtual session is for 501(c)(3) organizations that are new to advocacy and interested in exploring what it means for a nonprofit to advocate for their mission and strengthen the communities they serve through public policy. We will also address common reasons nonprofits think they can’t or shouldn’t be advocates.

This session will cover:
  • Defining the meanings of advocacy, lobbying and partisan activities
  • Advocacy fundamentals and simple steps to start
  • When and how to track your advocacy efforts
  • Voter engagement + registration methods
  • Applying lobbying rules to social media
Anybody can be an advocate, so if you’ve been nervous about entering the advocacy sphere, this is the perfect opportunity to get grounded and equipped!

This is the first session in a three-part Advocacy Series. The next sessions are 2022 Elections: How Maine Nonprofits Can Take Action (June 1), and Share Your Story: Advocacy Through Earned Media (June 8).

Guest Speaker
Andrew Wells, JD, LLM, Associate Attorney
Andrew is a senior associate at the law firm, Bernstein Shur, and works out of its offices in Portland, Maine. Andrew graduated from the University of Maine Law School and also has an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, consistently one of the top three tax programs in the country. Andrew is part of Bernstein Shur’s business law practice group and works with a wide variety of non-profit and tax-exempt organizations from the early start-up stages of incorporation and beyond. Andrew lives in Durham, Maine with his wife, two young daughters, and two small dogs.

Cost + Registration
We're offering sliding scale pricing:
  • Suggested price: $35
  • Option 2 pay-what-you can: $15
  • Option 3 pay-what-you-can: $0

Event Access Information
This MANP-hosted webinar will be hosted in Zoom Meeting. Participants will receive login instructions in the registration confirmation email as well as in reminder emails that will be sent one day and one hour prior to the live event.

This webinar will be recorded and the recording will be available to all registered participants, including those unable to attend, for 30 days after the event.

Contact the MANP Education Team at Learn@NonprofitMaine.org or (207) 871-1885.

Keep on Learning
Visit the MANP Answer Center for additional information, tools + resources on Nonprofit Public Policy + Advocacy.

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Location: Your Desk! - Interactive Webinar
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