Standing Beside Alaska's Non-Profits


The Rules of Advocacy: What Can My Organization Do?

October 26, 2011
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Examining public policy and understanding how it affects your organization is a shared responsibility of the board and staff. Promoting good public policy through advocacy is not only appropriate, it is encouraged. In this session you will learn:

  • The definition of advocacy
  • The difference between advocacy and lobbying
  • How to make your case and prepare advocacy material
  • How to approach lawmakers

When you have completed this class, you will understand exactly what you can and can't do as a nonprofit organization in the legislative arena.

Video Conference
On site at Foraker Office or Juneau KTOO Building,
Anc.,, AK 99508 If you are in Anchorage this class is being held in the Foraker office. Juneau - KTOO building: 1st floor conference room,
Mike Walsh   Vice President, The Foraker Group
Mike has lived in Alaska for over 25 years, most of that time in Fairbanks. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Purdue University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mike served in the administration of Governor Tony Knowles and Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer as Deputy Director of the Fairbanks Office of the Governor, and has worked extensively with local nonprofit boards and agencies on a wide range of policy and management issues. He is a past President of and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Fairbanks Community Food Bank, and is President of the Board of Directors for Dance Theatre Fairbanks, a small nonprofit. He is a long-time Adjunct Professor of Political Science for both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Pacific University. As Vice President, Mike responsibility for development and provision of our business planning services and he provides training to boards and staff on a variety of topics, including lobbying and advocacy and outcomes evaluation. To date he has facilitated dozens of strategic planning sessions, facilitated the development of scores of nonprofit business plans, worked with multiple organizations considering various types of mergers and collaborations, and trained hundreds of nonprofit boards and staff of Alaska nonprofits.

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