Legislative Wrap Up: Leveraging Laws to Increase Impact

This event is generously sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners.

Join us as we gather together experts from around Tennessee to understand the legislative changes to come out of the recent legislative session and how to best advocate for our nonprofits. In this three (3) session gathering, participants will explore what significant bills passed in Tennessee related to nonprofits. Participants will then hear from a bi-partisan panels of state Representatives and Senators on how new laws will alter the nonprofit landscape. Finally, through an interactive workshop, participants will learn what nonprofits can do to become strong advocates for their cause.

Session 1: Legislative Review

The morning session will begin with expert Stewart Clifton of Clifton Government Relations diving into a Legislative Review. Clifton will provide a clear and concise session overview of what happened in Tennessee related to nonprofits, how many bills were passed, and key items in the budget.

Session 2: Bi-Partisan Panel

Next, a bi-partisan panel of state Representatives and Senators will discuss key policy issues and the overall shift in politics that has occurred since the last election. There will be time for audience question and answer. Confirmed guests include:

  • Senator Brenda Gilmore (D)
  • Senator Jack Johnson (R)
  • Representative Vincent Dixie (D)
  • Representative Johnny Garrett (R)

Session 3: Becoming a Nonprofit Advocate

But what happens next? What can nonprofits do to advocate for their mission at this point in the legislative process?Join Meredith Sullivan Benton of The Healing Trust to determine what actions to take next to create the biggest impact. Learn more about the rule-making process and how to engage in executive branch advocacy as the laws that just passed get implemented. There will be small group discussion for participants to discuss what steps they want to take, howto implement best practices, and to better understand how other nonprofits are taking action.


8:00 – 8:30 Coffee and Networking

8:30 – 9:00 Legislative Review with Stewart Clifton

9:00 – 10:00 Bi-Partisan Panel and Audience Q&A

10:00 – 10:45 What Happens Next with Meredith Sullivan Benton

10:45 – 11:15 Small Group Discussion

11:15 - 11:30 Closing

This advocacy session is presented in partnership with The Healing Trust.

Eligible CNM Member organizations can utilize the Matchgrant Scholarship (for organizations under $2 million budget) for 50% discount upon check out.

Meredith Benton, Senior Program Officer, The Healing Trust & CNM ConsultantStewart Clifton, Clifton Government Relations
June 18, 2019; 8:00 AM to June 18, 2019; 11:30 AM
End Date
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
$50.00 for Members; $75.00 for nonmembers; $50.00 for students

Subject Area(s)
Center for Nonprofit Management


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