RWJF Connect eTraining Series: Policymaker Outreach
Last month, the Foundation asked for your input as we crafted a policymaker outreach webinar series, and the response we received from all corners of our community was enthusiastic and full of new ideas. Below are the sessions in highest demand, which RWJF grantees and alumni identified as the most helpful to advance their work. We will be offering one session per month, starting in October and ending in January. Attendance is free and all RWJF grantees and alumni are encouraged to join. Please see below for future details.
Policy Outreach eTraining Schedule
Open for Registration
October 17, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Understanding the Lobbying Rules for Foundation-Funded Initiatives and Developing an Effective Policy Ask [Register Now]
Many nonprofit organizations that RWJF funds may have heard that there are rules around lobbying, but don't understand exactly what they are or how to work within them. This session will focus on how to navigate the lobbying line for Foundation-funded activities. The session will explore the lobbying guidelines, focusing on many of the permissible activities, in addition to clearly defining the boundaries. Additionally, we will discuss the value and mechanics of different types of policy asks. This session will also feature examples of grantees who have successfully advanced their work or research through an effective policy ask.
On the horizon…
November, Date TBA
Packaging Research for Policymakers
This session will focus on how to create messages and materials that are understandable and appealing to policymaker audiences.
December, Date TBA
Leveraging the Media to Gain Policymaker Support
The media can play an important role in distributing your message, but navigating the press can be just as tricky as figuring out how to work with policymakers. This session will focus on how to engage local–and even national–media in ways that help you get the attention of policymakers, and eventually help grantees shape good policy.
January, Date TBA
Building Partnerships with Government and Stakeholders
Part of moving forward on any policy is not only identifying which policymakers have jurisdiction over your issue area, but also identifying which stakeholders are in your policy space. This session will focus on finding ways to draw these groups them together and building partnerships with other organization, philanthropies, elected officials, and stakeholders.
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