Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day
ADVOCACY FORUM AND CAPITOL HILL DAY: JUNE 13-15, 2017
LIVESTREAM THE FORUM! Unable to attend the forum in person? Sign-up to watch general sessions on Tuesday, June 13 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET and again on Wednesday, June 14 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. ET. We love hearing from you – if you’re posting to social media, please use the hashtag #UWAdvocate.
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.
DATES AND LOCATION
The Forum will run from:
Tuesday, June 13
(8:00 a.m. for Boot Camp attendees or 12:00 p.m. for general Forum attendees)
Thursday, June 15
at 2:30 p.m.
United Way Worldwide
701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
CLICK HERE to view the full agenda.
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 Friday, May 19, 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.
ACCESS FORUM MATERIALS ON UWO
To access this year's Forum materials, click here.
We asked what the topics you would like to learn about during the breakout sessions at the Forum and you answered! Thank you to everyone who submitted or voted on an idea. Voting has concluded. Congratulations to the top five ideas for breakout sessions that advanced to the finalist stage:
- "Advocacy in your state" submitted by Karin Kirchmeier
- "Creating an action plan from identified policy priorities" submitted by Nichole Booker
- "Advocating for policy that impacts ALICE families" submitted by Michael Maurino
- "Training Board, staff and volunteer advocates" submitted by Nichole Booker
- "Tax reform and charitable giving" submitted by Ann Mintz
The top idea, as voted on by the review panel, will be announced at the Forum.
HILL DAY TRAINING WEBINAR
Watch a recording of the training webinar HERE to learn more.
Note: The recording started a few minutes after the webinar but all content was captured in the recording.
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.