Frustrated with Congress? Write Better Emails

From the Congressional Management Foundation blog: This summer, Rasmussen Reports conducted a public opinion survey that found that only 21% of voters feel that most members of Congress care what their constituents think. There’s plenty of blame to go around as to the cause for voters’ cynicism. Highly polarized politics, partisan rhetoric, the media, and shows like House of Cards serve to reinforce the misperception that power in Congress is limited to just a few Members in leadership positions and constituents don’t matter. Continue reading

Change the World on a Budget

From the Congressional Management Foundation blog: Once upon a time, grassroots advocacy professionals who lacked the budget to access big-ticket resources, such as online legislative action centers with all the bells and whistles entered the arena with their hands tied behind their backs. Fear not! Fast forward to the May-12 Advocacy Leaders Network, hosted by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) and produced by Beekeeper Group, where grassroots advocacy professionals learned about “Advocacy on the Cheap: Changing the World on any Budget.” Continue reading

Announcing Panelists for May 12th Event

Coming up on Friday, May 12th, we have our highly anticipated event, Advocacy on the Cheap: Changing the World on Any Budget. We look forward to a lively and informative discussion among our speakers on maximizing a limited budget. Continue reading

Learn the DIY Approach to Advocacy Creative

We are excited to announce our two keynote speakers for the May 12th “Advocacy on the Cheap: Changing the World on Any Budget” event. This event will represent the more ‘DIY’ approach to advocacy, with our keynotes focusing on how you can create and manage the creative collateral process yourself- with minimal budget Continue reading

Want to Cut Through the Noise? Use Modern Advocacy

From the Congressional Management Foundation blog: Early in my tenure at my first job in Washington, I pitched an idea to my boss. It was 1995 and my opening statement went something like this. “Hey Boss, you got a minute? There’s this new thing called the World Wide Web, and I think we could use it to get a lot of our supporters to email their Members of Congress.” Continue reading

Hill Staff Share the Best Ways to Reach Capitol Hill

We are excited to announce the full list of speakers for our next Advocacy Leaders Network event, “Modern Congress: Modern Advocacy,” which takes place on March 24th at the offices of Beekeeper Group, at 1101 14th Street NW Suite 200 Washington, DC 20005. This event will explore what ‘Congress 3.0’ looks like, and how MoCs prefer to be reached. A keynote followed by a panel of Capitol Hill staffers will shed light on the inner workings of Hill offices and effective constituent communications. We will then feature a panel of practitioners who will discuss the most creative ways they’ve engaged Capitol Hill. Our speakers include: – Brad Fitch – President & CEO, Congressional Management Foundation– James Braid – Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC)– Wilsar Johnson – Digital Director, Office of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)– Caty Borum Chattoo – Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University– Michael Lewan – Director of Government Relations, The Recording Academy– Mike Panetta – Partner, Beekeeper Group To purchase a ticket* for the 2017 ALN Event Series, please click here. To purchase a ticket* to this event, please click here.* Tickets are fully transferable within your organization.

Announcing the Keynote for March 24th Event

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for the March 24th “Modern Congress: Modern Advocacy” event: Brad Fitch – President and CEO, Congressional Management Foundation With a new presidential administration officially in office, NGOs and citizens alike are grappling with how best to advocate for their causes and engage with lawmakers in an uncertain and contentious political climate. This keynote presentation will delve into CMF’s latest research to provide unique insights and identify proven strategies for influencing lawmakers and staff across the political spectrum. To purchase a ticket* to this event, please click here.* Tickets are fully transferable within your organization.

Become an Advocacy Leader in 2017!

Prepare for this new era of advocacy with a new year of programming from the Advocacy Leaders Network! As we enter the sixth year(!) of Advocacy Leaders Network programming, we want to thank our community for their continued participation in our high-level advocacy training, professional development, and networking programs. Don’t know what all the fuss is about? Here are a few words from our regular attendees: “It’s more important than ever for advocacy professionals to keep up with the latest trends and ensure they’re doing everything they can to meet people where they are. The Advocacy Leaders Network is an incredibly valuable resource to hear from thought leaders as well as my peers about how they’re overcoming challenges and getting results.” – Matt Fitting, American Heart Association “ALN has been outstanding for my organization and career. The subjects they focus on has allowed my organization to increase its influence. My favorite part of the events is collaborating with the many professionals in the advocacy networks.” – Jordan Craig, American Farm Bureau Federation The series of three half-day workshops is tailored to senior advocacy, government affairs, and public relations professionals. Topics include: March 24, 2017 – Modern Congress: Modern Advocacy May 12, 2017 – Advocacy on the Cheap: Changing the World on Any Budget November 17, 2017 – Writing Messages That Matter  As you know, citizens often turn to advocacy organizations to act as their conduits to Congress and for guidance on how to communicate to their elected officials. CMF is hosting this series to improve the ability of advocacy groups and advocacy campaigns to educate their networks so that supporters and Congress will have a greater understanding and improved relationship. SERIES TICKET PRICING Register for a series ticket* to all three (3) events before March 10, 2017, and receive the early registration rate of $150. (Regular Price $200) REGISTER HERE ($150 Early Bird Special before March 10, 2017) * Tickets are fully transferable within your organizationFor more information please visit Tickets are limited and each of our half-day workshops have sold-out in advance, so please purchase your tickets early.