Investing in Change: Foundation Support for Lobbying and Other Advocacy (Webinar Part 2)

Thursday, December 8, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:30am EST
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Join part 2 of this 2-part webinar series to identify the “dos” and “don’ts” of foundation advocacy; learn how to communicate the importance of advocacy to your boards, staff, and grantees; and understand how to support policy without lobbying. Go here to learn more and register for the first webinar in this series.


Our second webinar delves into the legal addresses, distinguishing lobbying from advocacy and discussing how foundations can support grantees that advocate—and even lobby!

  • Definitions of lobbying
  • Activities that are exceptions to the definitions of lobbying, including those which are permissible by private foundations
  • Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants
  • Grant agreement language that permits support for policy work

Learning Objectives

By the end of the two webinars in this series, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the “dos” and “don’ts” of foundation advocacy
  • Learn how to communicate the importance of advocacy to their boards, staff, and grantees
  • Understand how to support the policy work of grantees

Target Audience

This program is designed for executive directors and program officers representing Indiana private, corporate and community foundations. We also encourage foundations to invite their trustees to attend the program.


Abby Levine serves as Director of Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.

Prior to joining Alliance for Justice in 2004, Abby served as the Public Policy Analyst at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA). At NCNA, Abby monitored and analyzed issues affecting the nonprofit sector, such as challenges to nonprofit tax exemptions and advocacy, state budget cuts, government grants streamlining, and corporate governance.

Before working at NCNA, Abby was an associate in the tax department at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio. 

(B.A., American University; J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law)



This program is presented free of charge, thanks to the generous support from USA Funds.

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