Advocacy Training for the Non-Policy Wonk

Date: Jan 18, 2019
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

State Office Building - Room 500N
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul

Fee: This session is full. No wait-list available.

When nonprofits are involved in legislative advocacy, they have an opportunity to advance their missions through long-term, systemic change. However, navigating the process can be challenging and confusing.

Join MCN at the State Capitol to fill your tool box to be a strong advocate and impress your boss. You’ll understand lobbying rules, learn how a bill becomes a law, get a tour of the Capitol, and learn how to have an effective meeting with a legislator.

You don’t need to previous advocacy or policy experience to attend this training. We know that the best advocates are often not policy professionals. They are the accountants crunching the financials behind the scenes, fundraisers educating the public about our work, program directors working on the front lines, in addition to volunteers and donors. Their experience tells the stories that mobilize people to action, including policymakers.

Principles & Practices

In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this event will help to focus your work on the following practices:

  • POLICY 1: Nonprofits should help their clients, members, volunteers and donors learn how relevant policies affect them, develop their skills and knowledge in public policy making, and help them take advantage of opportunities to participate in the public policy process.
  • POLICY 5: Nonprofits should maintain a sound understanding of the current public policy environment in their activity area and how that impacts the communities they serve.
  • POLICY 8: In situations where an organization’s mission is directly affected by a public policy, nonprofits should lead advocacy efforts regarding the policy, which may involve a variety of advocacy activities including direct lobbying.

Event Details

Location: Directions, parking, and transit information is available on the Minnesota State Office Building's website.

About the Presenters

Rebecca LuceroRebecca Lucero, public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s advocacy agenda locally and nationally, educate Minnesota nonprofits on key policy issues, lobby on behalf of Minnesota’s nonprofit sector and train nonprofit professionals on a wide array of advocacy issues and skills. Prior to joining MCN, Rebecca served as policy and advocacy manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, where she helped pass $100 million bonding in the Homes for All campaign. Rebecca has also worked as senior community representative in the Minnesota office of Representative Keith Ellison, an unemployment law judge with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and an attorney in private practice with a small firm and with Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. She has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College.

Taylor PutzTaylor Putz is the public policy advocate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Taylor works with MCN’s public policy director to influence policy decisions that impact the nonprofit sector and community partners at local, state and federal levels with a focus at the Minnesota State Capitol. Taylor also engages MCN members in public policy action opportunities and civic engagement. Prior to joining MCN, Taylor served as the community relations and outreach manager at Prepare + Prosper, training associate at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and community organizer at Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County. Taylor has a B.A. in international studies from Marian University and is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from Hamline University.

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