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Enviro-Mich message from Michael Boyce <birder@voyager.net>
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GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)
Sunday, October 4, 10 AM - 3:30 PM
Hosted By: Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Audubon Society
Financial Sponsor: Americans For the Environment
Contact: Mike Boyce birder@voyager.net (616) 763-3090

A FREE Workshop for nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers to
understand the legal issues in public policy work and political
advocacy, and the critical nature and time-tested effective techniques
of getting citizens to vote - especially now.

How many of these questions can you answer correctly?

1. To what extent may 501(c)(3) organizations lobby?
2. The 501(h) election - What is it?
3. Why is "getting out the vote" vital - especially now?
4. May nonprofit organizations use private or community foundation
grants to lobby?
5. What are the different roles and functions of 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s,
and PACs 
6. How can 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and PACs work together to maximize
their effectiveness in influencing public policy?
7. How can mobilizing your organization's members and the public to vote
- be fun, interesting, politically effective and legally permissible?
8. May 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations endorse or oppose ballot
measures?
9. Can either contribute to, or collect money for, a ballot measure
campaign?
10. To what extent can nonprofit groups participate in coalitions on an
initiative?
11. May foundation proposals mention lobbying activities?
12. May grantees discuss lobbying activities in their reports to
foundations?
13. Are there any election-related activities that a foundation may
support?
14. May a 501(c)(3) group pay for or distribute voter guides?
15. May a 501(c)(3) group organize issue briefings for political office
candidates?
16. May nonprofit groups (c3s, c4s PACs) deliver testimony to a
political party's platform committee? 

Nonprofit organizations can and do play an important role in making
change happen. Being a "Player" in your community, state, and/or
country, demands an understanding of what types of lobbying your
nonprofit organization can and can't do. Increasingly nonprofit groups
are on the frontlines of the initiative and referenda movement. In
promoting their policy agendas, nonprofit organizations need to
understand the laws governing initiatives and referenda. Further, most
nonprofit organizations are forced to seek financial help for initiating
change from the country's grant-making foundations.  The current
millenium will end in less than two years. Is your nonprofit
organization prepared for the political tasks and challenges ahead?

Empower yourself.  Empower your nonprofit organization. 

If your nonprofit organization is planning nonpartisan election-related
activities in 1998 or 1999, you NEED this workshop.  If your
organization is not planning such activities, you REALLY NEED this
workshop!

This workshop includes answers to many of the questions above as well as
many others. You'll receive  a FREE copy of: - The Rules Of The Game: An
Election Year Legal Guide for Nonprofit Organizations (a $20 value),
dynamic speakers, a beautiful natural wetland restoration setting, an
opportunity to view hundreds of Sandhill Cranes, continental breakfast,
lunch, fruit, and more!  

Seating is limited - Contact Mike Boyce (616) 763-3090 or
birder@voyager.net to reserve a place!

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