Advocacy Summit (Day 1)

Want to create widespread community change? Interested in strengthening your nonprofit’s base of support? Do you wish you could influence public policy? At the 2017 Advocacy Summit presented by The Healing Trust and CNM, learn more about how advocacy can answer these questions. Whether you are considering advocacy work, just starting out, or you are an experienced advocate, there are sessions for you at the summit.

The Advocacy Summit is a two-day series of sessions. Join us for one day or for both! This registration page is for Thursday’s sessions (day 1). 

Thursday's agenda:

Session 1: "Advocacy 101" with Brenda Gadd

In this foundational session, learn what advocacy means for nonprofits, the legal requirements for this type of work,and the differences between advocacy on the city, state, and federal levels.Get started with a clear understanding of what advocacy is and isn't, or refresh your memory for the full day ahead!

Session 2: "Changing the System: Why Advocacy?" with Kim Carpenter Drake

Systems thinking is a vital concept in advocacy, but it can also be a confusing concept. What exactly is a"system" and how can nonprofit professionals use this perspective to change how they approach their work? Learn more in this session with CNM Senior Consultant Kim Carpenter Drake.

Networking and lunch: "What You Need to Know About Tennessee's Budget" with The Sycamore Institute

Back by popular request, The Sycamore Institute (Executive Director Laura Berlind and Policy Director Mandy Pellegrin) will share information about how the Tennessee state budget operates and which parts affect nonprofits the most. This session will also include a Q&A with lawyers Lucian Geise and Courtney Atnip about advocacy strategies at various points in the budget process.

Session 4: "Can't Do It All: Integrating Advocacy into Your Work" panel

How can nonprofit professionals fit advocacy into their already-full workloads? Hear from advocates themselves in a panel moderated by The Healing Trust President and CEO Kristen Keely-Dinger. Panelists include Joe Interrante of Nashville CARES, Brad Palmertree of The Family Center, and Carol Westlake of the Tennessee Disability Coalition.

Friday’s sessions are designed for those who are more experienced in the advocacy field. Please click here if you would also like to register for Friday (Day 2).
More information on the specifics for both days coming soon – stay tuned for the full agenda. The cost of registration includes lunch.
September 14, 2017; 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
$50.00 for Members; $75.00 for nonmembers
One Star
Center for Nonprofit Management
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Lunch Included


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