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Summer Learning Series: Navigating Advocacy
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Due to the ever increasing pace of change, funders are exploring new options for advancing their grantees’ missions, as well as their own. Because advocacy is an effective – yet often misunderstood – strategy in the philanthropy toolbox, this four-part summer learning series will explore how you can navigate advocacy to achieve a greater impact.


NCNG has partnered with Alliance for Justice to walk you through the ins and outs of advocacy over the course of three webinars and an in-person workshop. Throughout the series, we’ll cover the basics of advocacy, rules and regulations for foundations, getting your board on board, and even evaluation.


Webinar 1: The Whats and Whys of Advocacy

Wednesday, June 14, 2:00 PM

Topics include:

Reasons for public and private foundation support for advocacy

Overview of activities that constitute advocacy and public policy work

Advocacy roles for foundations

View the recording here!


Webinar 2: Advocacy and Lobbying: Which is Which and Rules for Each

Wednesday, July 12, 2:00 PM

Topics include:

Definitions of lobbying under federal tax law

Lobbying exceptions

Lobbying limits for public foundations

Non-lobbying activities in which private and public foundations can engage

View the recording here!


Webinar 3: Grantmaking and Supporting Grantees Who Advocate

Wednesday, August 9, 2:00 PM

Topics include:

Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby

Grant agreement language that permits support for policy work

How to convey to grantees your interest in supporting advocacy

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About the Speaker:

Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy initiative at Alliance for Justice. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.

Prior to joining Alliance for Justice in 2004, Abby served as the Public Policy Analyst at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations. At NCNA, Abby monitored and analyzed issues affecting the nonprofit sector, such as challenges to nonprofit tax exemptions and advocacy, state budget cuts, government grants streamlining, and corporate governance. Before working at NCNA, Abby was an associate in the tax department at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio. Abby holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from American University.

This series is open to staff and boards of NCNG member funders who are interested in learning more about advocacy.


Our Summer Learning Series: Navigating Advocacy is available to NCNG member foundations. If you have any questions about attending the series, please contact Ret Boney at

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