The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits brings to us their 2011-2012 Public Policy Training Series. Join and interact with other professionals and individuals to learn more about public policy. For more information and/or to RSVP, click on the following links to the events provided.
Coffee with Commissioners Cassellius, Dept. of Education, October 27, FREE
Join Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of Education, for coffee and conversation. Commissioner Cassellius will have a presentation, followed by a discussion with the audience and Q&A. Co-sponsored with the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
The Basics of Nonprofit Advocacy: What You Need to Know, November 3
This introductory workshop covers in detail the IRS rules and regulations related to advocacy and lobbying for 501c 3 tax exempt organizations including registration and reporting requirements for state level policy efforts. Discussion of effective tools and strategies for promoting sound policy in the public interest will also be covered.
Follow the Dollars, November 3
Advocates, community leaders, front-line staff and members of the public will all benefit from understanding how the state’s budget process works and how to participate in that process on behalf of the programs.
Coffee with Commissioners Tingerthal, Dept. of Housing, November 10, FREE
Join Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner of Housing, for coffee and conversation. Commissioner Tingerthal will present, followed by a discussion with the audience and Q & A. Co-sponsored with the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Developing a Public Policy Agenda, November 29
This interactive workshop will help formalize actions to increase organizational capacity to engage in strategic public policy. Assess whether an organizations have the will, the knowledge, the infrastructure and resources to be effective advocates. Decision-making processes for issue advocacy selection will also be discussed.
Coffee with Commissioners Ehlinger, Department of Health, December 8, FREE
On Thursday, December 8, join Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner of Health, for coffee and conversation. Commissioner Ehlinger will present, followed by a discussion with the audience and Q & A. click here for his short biography. Co-sponsored with the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Planning for Advocacy and the Role of Boards, December 15
Develop a plan for year-round advocacy and how to engage board members to be effective ambassadors for advocacy at local, state and federal levels. Set up organizational infrastructure and systems, roles of board and staff in lobbying, meeting with legislators in their district and at the Capitol and integrating policy work into an overall plan for meeting an organization’s mission.
2012 Session Line Up, January 27, FREE
Session Line Up is an annual event where you will hear directly from the leaders of the legislative caucuses as they share their priorities for the upcoming session, identify issues which they think will dominate the debate, and give their ideas on how nonprofits can be a resource to decisionmakers and their staff.
Capitol Lab, February 3, FREE
The Capitol Complex will introduce participants to the “people’s house” and remind us of our civic duty to participate in the legislative process. The session is designed to increase your familiarity and comfort level with the Capitol surroundings. In addition to the tour, you will hear from legislators on-site about effective ways to communicate with elected officials.
Advanced Advocacy: Capitol Resources, February 8, FREE
Come to this “Ask-the-Experts” session on advanced legislative and administrative processes. Find out what a “rider” is, how fiscal notes are put together, and who can draft bills. Seasoned professionals will be there to highlight resources available at the Capitol that assist both legislative members and the public to engage in the process.