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Funding Bolder Advocacy: A Workshop on Supporting Advocacy Efforts

Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:30am PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105
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During these uncertain times, funders are exploring new options for advancing their missions. Advocacy is often the most effective—yet misunderstood—strategy in the philanthropy toolbox. To better understand your foundation’s rights to fund or engage in public policy, join us for a workshop led by an advocacy law expert Sara Matlin from Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy project. We'll look at questions you're facing right now given the current political climate, and ongoing questions you may have around funding policy and advocacy efforts. 

Join Us To:

We will address questions such as:

  • What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?
  • What roles can foundations play in the advocacy arena?
  • May our foundation fund grantees that are engaged in lobbying and other types of advocacy?
  • Is it legal for our foundation staff or board members to discuss public policy issues with our grantees or with the community?
  • What are some easy, legal steps our foundation can take to better support our grantees in protecting our community?
  • What can we do to better integrate public policy advocacy into our foundation’s practices?
  • How can our foundation use advocacy to better advance our mission?

... and more!

Technical Training

All attendees have the opportunity to attend the optional in-person training directly after the program.

Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Alliance for Justice's attorney-trainer will be available for an hour after the workshop for in-person technical assistance appointments.* AFJ offers these technical assistance appointments to give you an opportunity to ask additional questions about federal tax and election law rules, as well as California disclosure rules governing nonprofit advocacy. 

*Technical assistance sessions do not create an attorney-client relationship. The information exchanged is not a substitute for expert legal, tax or other professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances, and may not be relied upon for the purposes of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code.


Sara Matlin, Bilingual West Coast Counsel, Bolder Advocacy Initiative, Alliance for Justice



Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders. 

PLEASE NOTE:  To access NCG’s office, please enter through Main Street at 160 Main Street.  Spear Street is temporarily closed for construction.