Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day
ADVOCACY FORUM AND CAPITOL HILL DAY: JUNE 13-15, 2017
In the midst of this tumultuous political environment, it has never been a more important time for United Way to advocate for health, financial stability, and education in our communities. Creating lasting change requires United Ways to work with government and make sure decision makers understand the community’s challenges and act accordingly.
So, how do we fight for the health, financial stability and education of every person in this polarizing political climate? How do we take positions on timely issues in a nonpartisan and effective way? And how do we meaningfully engage our donors, corporate partners and individuals on the issues that are aligned with their interests?
Join us in Alexandria for the Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day: United We All Win: Fighting for Health, Financial Stability and Education in Today’s Political Climate, June 13-15, 2017.
Our theme United We All Win - connect with seasoned United Way policy staff and newcomers alike while taking advantage of everything our nation’s capital has to offer.
The forum will cover such topics as:
- The basics of getting started in policy and advocacy
- Real Talk: Navigating controversial political issues such as healthcare reform
- Messaging our issues in a conservative political environment
- Engaging donors and affinity groups in advocacy causes
- Deepening Board engagement in advocacy
- Digital advocacy and individual engagement
- Connecting advocacy to fundraising
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day offers CEOs, and professionals in public policy, impact, communications and resource development, a single event to gain the information, skills and networks necessary to take their United Way’s advocacy work to the next level. You will also have the opportunity to hear experts from Washington and the United Way network share valuable insights on policy, advocacy, grassroots mobilization, donor engagement, advocacy communications and individual engagement.
DATE AND LOCATION
Tuesday, June 13-Thursday, June 15, 2017
United Way Worldwide
701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
TUESDAY, JUNE 13:
- Registration and Breakfas (for Boot Camp attendees)t: 8:00-8:30 a.m.
- Boot Camp for New Advocates: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Learn the how, why and what of United Way's approach to public policy advocacy and discuss the basics on how you can expand your advocacy footprint at home, including by leveraging your Board of Directors as your best advocacy asset. Prepare for Thursday's Hill Visits with extra time to discuss expectations and norms for visits, and ample time for Q&A. There is no additional fee to attend the Boot Camp.
- Registration (for those not attending the Boot Camp): 12:00-1:30 p.m.
- Networking Lunch: 12:30-1:30 p.m. (OPTIONAL)
- General Sessions: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
- Afternoon Refreshments/Break: 3:00-3:30 p.m.
- Learning Sessions: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
- General Session: 4:45-5:15 p.m.
- Dinner: 6:30 p.m. (OPTIONAL)
The dinner will feature a policy expert who will speak about the legislative landscape in Washington, DC and what it means for United Way’s work. Past speakers have included television political commentators, policy reporters, nonprofit sector leaders and prominent advocacy consultants.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14:
- Breakfast of your own
- General Session: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
- Morning Refreshments/Break: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
- General Session: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Lunch & General Session: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
- Learning Sessions: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
- Afternoon Refreshments/Break: 2:30-3:00 p.m.
- Learning Sessions: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
- Hill Day Logistics: 4:15-5:00 p.m.
- Pick-up Hill Day Materials: 5:00 p.m.
- Dinner on your own
THURSDAY, JUNE 15:
Capitol Hill Visits - Attendees are strongly encouraged to schedule their own visits. Training will be offered ahead of time to help assist with the scheduling process.
- Breakfast on your own
- Board Buses to Capitol Hill: 7:30 a.m.
- Capitol Hill Meetings: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
- Hill Day Debrief Lunch (on Capitol Hill): 12:00-2:00 p.m.
- Buses Return to United Way Worldwide: 2:00 p.m.
- Forum Wrap-up: 2:30 p.m.
UNITED WAYS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SCHEDULING THEIR OWN MEETINGS. UNITED WAY WORLDWIDE WILL PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND MATERIALS
The registration fee is $299.00 USD per person. Early registration ends Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
United Way Staff: Click here to register
Non-United Way Staff: Click here to register
Attendees have the option of attending a group dinner on Tuesday, June 13 for an additional $75.00 USD.
SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL
We want to hear from you! Submit your ideas, vote and discuss the topic you would like to learn about during the breakout sessions at the Forum! The second day of the Forum will be focused on engaging donors, corporate partners and individuals in advocacy. We encourage you to submit ideas that support this theme. Please include a session description, objectives, ideas for session flow and potential speakers.
The top idea, as voted on by the review panel, will:
- Your topic will be presented on Wednesday, June 14 at the Forum
- Earn recognition from the podium and in printed conference materials
- Win complimentary attendance for the dinner on Tuesday, June 13 ($75 value)
Additionally, the top five ideas will be recognized from the podium during the Forum.
PLEASE NOTE: Accepting submissions through Wednesday, April 19. To access the site, you will need to log into UWO.
HILL DAY TRAINING WEBINAR
Join the training webinar, May 2 from 2-3 p.m., to learn what to expect, get tips on how to schedule Hill Day visits and more! Register to attend the webinar.
A room block has been reserved at the Crown Plaza Old Town Alexandria. Reservations must be made by Friday, May 5, 2017. After May 5, rates will not apply and housing requests will be accommodated on an availability basis only. United Way Worldwide cannot assume responsibility for any non-refundable sleeping room deposits.
Please call the Crown Plaza at 1-877-317-5752 to make your reservation. Please say that you are part of the UWW Public Policy Forum and reference United Way to obtain the contracted rate of $159.00 USD plus taxes per night. The room rate includes guest room internet.
Note: All participants are responsible for reserving their sleeping rooms.
Flex credits are available to use for the Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day for the following items:
- Registration fees (volunteers qualify if a United Way staff person is attending the same learning opportunity or conference)
- Some travel costs such as airfare, rental car, or mileage (only one form of travel reimbursement, rental car, mileage, or airfare is allowed with a maximum of $500 per trip)
- Daily per diem – a combination of the hotel room rate, plus taxes and any meal not included during a learning opportunity
Please click here to access your United Way flexible credit balance. If you choose to use Flex Credits to pay for this event, when you get to the payment screen while registering, choose “Flex Credits” from the drop-down payment box. You will need to enter your organization number in the box provided if you choose the flex credit payment option.
All travel reimbursement from flex credits is submitted and processed after the event is over. Each registrant will receive an online travel reimbursement form within 5 business days of the program completion. Once this form is sent, it must be completed within 10 business days, after which further reimbursements cannot be processed. You do not need to keep your receipts to fill out this form, though we do encourage you to keep them for your records.
Please contact Lindsay Torrico at Lindsay.Torrico@unitedway.org.