Date(s) - 01/26/2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is pleased to invite nonprofit professionals to a Roundtable session about how nonprofit organizations can make the rules about advocacy, lobbying, and other political activity work in their favor. Our featured guest will be Betsy Schmidt, professor of practice at UMass-Amherst’s School of Public Policy, and author of Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization.
Here’s what Betsy says about this session:
In this increasingly politicized world, nonprofit leaders often realize that they can serve their clients best by advocating for policy changes. How do they do that and stay within the boundaries of the law? In this Roundtable, you’ll learn how to differentiate advocacy, lobbying, and political campaign intervention. You’ll learn what you can and cannot do in each of those situations, and you will leave, inspired to further your organization’s mission through advocacy and lobbying. We will also make sense of the pronouncements and possible changes in the Johnson Amendment—the part of Sec. 501(c)(3) that prevents nonprofits from engaging in political campaign activity.
Here’s a little more about Betsy:
“Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt is a Professor of Practice at UMass-Amherst, specializing in nonprofits, social enterprises, and solution-based policy analysis. In addition to academic positions at several other law schools and universities, she has practiced law, consulted with nonprofits, and worked directly for nonprofit organizations in legal and management capacities.
“Betsy writes in the areas of nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics. She also writes about the legal framework for social enterprises. Most recently, she completed the second edition of a casebook on nonprofit law, Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization, 2d ed. (2017), a project she updates twice a year.”
1) The information contained in this presentation is intended solely for educational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice.
2) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. This will be a professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.
3) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants, job-seekers, and others.
4) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
5) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit professionals. However, you must have a confirmed registration in order to attend.
6) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the waiting list.
We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation, in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with your peers!