Brad Bedingfield and Pat Moore will lead a discussion on the “2018 Elections and Beyond: Opportunities and Pitfalls for Nonprofits when Engaging in Political Advocacy” at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) Annual Conference on October 10, 2018.
About the Session
The 2018 elections are just around the corner and jockeying for 2020 is already under way. The past several years have involved significant swings in policy, and the near future promises more of the same. At the state level, hot button policy issues increasingly are being decided on the ballot, by voters directly rather than by their representatives on Beacon Hill. In these times of uncertain policy, the nonprofit sector’s appetite to participate in lobbying, advocacy, and education is expanding. This workshop will provide a roadmap for nonprofits to follow when engaging in political advocacy in Massachusetts. Attendees will learn about governance issues facing overlapping 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, funding and fundraising concerns, and organization expenditures, and the impact of federal and Massachusetts’ campaign finance and lobbying laws on the operation of all nonprofit organizations. This workshop is ideal for leaders involved in government affairs at any organization, and marketing staff at organizations without government affairs departments.