Lobbying? Yes! You Can!Date: Jan 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Myth: Nonprofits cannot lobby. It’s against the law.
Fact: Nonprofits CAN legally lobby. (and should!)
Minnesota and the world are a better place when nonprofits connect with and educate policy makers. Nonprofits can and should engage in advocacy – which includes lobbying. Join this webinar to learn the rules that govern advocacy and lobbying, how advocacy can further your organization’s mission, and the ingredients for a successful legislative lobby visit.
Participants will learn important definitions, the federal and state laws related to lobbying, understand reporting requirements and engage with peers across the state.
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Principles & Practices
In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this event will help to focus your work on the following practices:
- CIVIC 4: Nonprofit boards should consider taking organizational positions on policy issues that impact the mission of the organization, its constituents or the nonprofit sector as a whole.
- CIVIC 9: Lobbying by nonprofit organizations and using funds (within limits) to influence legislation is specifically authorized by federal law with mandatory reporting on IRS Form 990.
- CIVIC 10: Nonprofits that engage in lobbying activities are subject to state and federal lobbyist registration and reporting requirements and must file accurate and timely reports on their lobbying activities.
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About the Presenter
Rinal Ray is the deputy public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Rinal works with MCN’s public policy director to advance the organization’s policy agenda and train leaders on nonprofit advocacy. Prior to her role at MCN, Rinal served as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Justice Foundation at William Mitchell College of Law. As former project coordinator for MCN, she also worked on the Charitable Tax Exemption Campaign and the Nonprofit Legal Handbook. Additionally, Rinal served on MCN’s board of directors in 2013 and as a co-chair of the Principles and Practices Advisory Committee. Rinal is a former AmeriCorps member with College Possible. She has a B.A. in international studies and political science from Macalester College and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.