Lobbying Training for Nonprofits

Posted by on June 18, 2007

PANO offers lobbying training

The PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations is offering a half-day training on advocacy by 501(c)(3) charities on June 27th, 10am to 1pm, at the offices of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads in Center City Philadelphia.

The seminar addresses the myths of what charities can and cannot do in the public policy arena. Participants are equipped with strategies on how to engage in effective lobbying practices and receive updates and details about existing legislation in Harrisburg and Washington that could globally impact charities. The interactive culture of the session allows each participant to walk away with the information they need to lobby more effectively.

PANO Lobbying Training provides specific guidance on how to comply with Pennsylvania?s new Lobbying Disclosure Act. For many charities in Pennsylvania, the new law significantly increases compliance obligations associated with state advocacy. Much of what charities previously considered advocacy is now lobbying, and by law, must be disclosed.

The training also sets forth the requirements of Act 134, the status of the proposed regulations, and what you can do to influence the regulations before they are promulgated. Participants receive detailed instruction on how to register with the Department of State, how to track advocacy communications, and how to report spending activities.

Presenters are Joe Geiger and Davis Ross of the PANO staff. The cost is $69 for PANO members and $89 for nonmembers. To register online visit http://store.pano.org or to download the registration form visit http://www.pano.org/event-reg.htm.

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