Advocacy is an essential to meeting missions. It strengthens communities, elevates the voices of our stakeholders, and helps you address issues that you normally couldn’t on your own. Yet, according to BoardSource, only 15% of nonprofits nationally have established processes for how to engage in advocacy and lobbying.
This lack of guidance has led the field to be reluctant to advocate and lobby. Join Justin Sheehan, an experienced attorney and nonprofit leader, to learn what your organization can and cannot engage in and how to move your mission forward through advocacy!
We'll also be joined by a staff member for House Representative, and former WMEAC Executive Director, Rachel Hood to hear first-hand how to engage with your elected officials!
Since November of 2015 Sheehan has been the Executive Director for Lansing Promise and, in addition, he currently works for Michigan Community Resources (MCR) traveling the state of Michigan supporting nonprofit organizations in learning their rights and building their capacity to engage in effective advocacy and lobbying efforts. Prior to his role at Lansing Promise, he was the Senior Legal & Policy Program Manager at MCR.
MCR provides attorneys with pro bono opportunities that make a positive impact on low-income communities. The services provided by MCR involve a legal referral program which helps nonprofit organizations address questions and issues with transactional work, taxes, employment, intellectual property, and contracts.
Note: Conversation Starters are held over the lunch hour, and limited appetizers will be provided for this specific session. At your own expense, you may order additional items from our host - City Built Brewing.