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PPAI


Everything you need to know about policy in the charitable sector

Whether you’re a policy novice or an expert, the Public Policy Action Institute (PPAI) gives you the network and knowledge you need. Over two days, you’ll make career-lasting connections, get current with policy issues in the sector, and learn from the field’s most innovative thought leaders.

PPAI offers nonprofit and foundation leaders, policy advocates, and communications specialists effective strategies for getting your mission and message front and center with policymakers. Experts in the field will share their most punishing and rewarding lessons from hard-fought battles in the political arena.

PPAI is also the key to building relationships with colleagues from across the country. You’ll network with the best and brightest policy leaders, connect with seasoned colleagues and newcomers alike, and form partnerships that will strengthen your work.

October 26, 2015

PPAI Kick-off

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Join us in kicking-off the 2016 Public Policy Action Institute.

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The Future of Independent Sector’s Public Policy Work

9:10 am – 10:10 am

Independent Sector’s new mission “envision(s) a world of engaged individuals, robust institutions, and vibrant communities working together to improve lives and the natural world, and strengthen democratic societies.” Hear from leaders on the IS Board and other key stakeholders about our new direction and the implications for our policy work.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Advocate-Artist Partnerships

10:20 am – 11:20 am

Policy advocates and artists may seem to be…very different kinds of people. But at crucial moments in history, artists and advocates have joined to create shared cultural experiences that ignite social change and remake the world.

Artists can tap into new audiences and connect deeply with them. On the other hand, advocates can give artists’ ideals a strategic framework and real-world results. In this session, learn how advocates in the charitable sector have partnered with visual artists, musicians, and writers to communicate crucial issues in a way that engages audiences and builds visions of a better future.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Understanding Nonprofit Tools in the Policy Tool Box

11:35 am – 12:35 pm

Social good is a nonpartisan goal. Policymakers and candidates anywhere on the political spectrum can support policies that promote the ability of nonprofits to pursue their missions. From issue advocacy to candidate forums, this session will explore the complete array of tools that you can use to win policymakers or candidates as champions for social good, while staying inside the legal and political boundaries for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Advocacy-First Engagement

11:35 am – 12:35 pm

Many prospective donors and volunteers are ready to engage in issue advocacy before they’re ready to give money or volunteer. Hear about how organizations like Freedom to Marry and the American hospital industry use advocacy as the first stage in a long-term relationship with supporters, which eventually leads to fundraising, volunteering, and other more substantive actions in support of their cause. Learn how to apply advocacy-first strategies to convert prospects into lifelong supporters faster and more effectively, and how to better integrate advocacy into your long-term engagement strategy.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Networking Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:45 pm

Share your thoughts on the morning sessions and your most exciting policy projects with colleagues over lunch.

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Making Social Good a Top Issue in 2016

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2016 is coming. The winds of change are blowing. Will you fight them? Or ride them? Join your colleagues in the charitable sector in developing a strategy to ensure that our issues are front-and-center in campaigns across the country. In this session, you’ll learn how to work with your peers to ensure that your mission and sector-wide issues are priorities for campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Partisan Points: Messaging to Each Side of the Aisle

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Winning over candidates or elected officials require nonprofits to build support on both sides of the aisle. However, each party relies on different ideas, metaphors, and frameworks when evaluating public policy.

Hear from experts about research that will help you create targeted messages specifically for Republican and Democratic audiences.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Challenging the Overhead Myth

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Overhead is a necessary function of all organizations. Yet, in recent years, overhead has transitioned from an accounting tool to a proxy measure of a nonprofit’s quality. The public perception is that lower overhead always is better.

Hear from experts about how this type of “nonprofit starvation cycle” is depriving charities of the resources and flexibility they need to best serve their communities. Then, let’s put our heads together and come up with a plan to confront the misperception policymakers, donors, grant-makers, and media have about the role of overhead in a nonprofit organizations.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Nonprofit Votes Count

4:25 pm – 5:20 pm

What’s the most direct way to win a lawmaker’s ear? Share how many engaged voters your organization represents.

In this session, hear from experts how voter engagement directly influences your organization’s advocacy and learn strategies to seamlessly incorporate voter engagement strategies into your current work to strengthen your organization’s voice among lawmakers. Hear how, in the swing state of Florida, state election laws impacted nonprofits’ ability to engage lawmakers and achieve long-term policy change.

The next time you meet with your lawmakers, go beyond making the most convincing arguments—go prepared to tell about your voting army of engaged employees, volunteers, partners, and constituents.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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PPAI Networking Reception

5:30 PM – 6:30 pm

As the sun sets on day one of PPAI, join us to network with other sector leaders and advocates.

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October 27, 2015

Breakfast and Networking

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Get your day off to a great start. Pick up a muffin and a few business cards at breakfast with fellow PPAI attendees.

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Overcoming Policy Barriers Workshop

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Facing specific barriers to achieving your public policy goals? Not to worry. Your peers, armed with a wealth of expertise, are ready to provide you with strategies and recommendations to help you tackle your challenges and get back on the path to success.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Helping your Community Flourish as the Well Runs Dry

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Public sector budgets are being slashed. Governments are offering less and less crucial funding for nonprofits, stretching service delivery to its breaking point while driving up demand for nonprofit services. Here comes the one-two punch: now many governments are looking at nonprofits as a source of revenue.

In this session, hear how experts in our field are coping with falling budgets using a two-pronged strategy: pushing back against funding cuts and fighting off attempts to collect revenue from nonprofits through payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOTs) and other vehicles.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Leveraging Grassroots Movements to Achieve Long-term Change

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

The civil rights movement didn’t remake America overnight. In fact, the events of this decade show that its work isn’t finished. How can you capture the zeitgeist today? How can you keep your coalition engaged over the long years necessary to achieve permanent social change?

In this session, learn how past civil society leaders collaborated with spontaneous grassroots movements to create sustained, long-term advocacy campaigns that survive apathy and quotidian politics to achieve lasting change.

Note: This session is part a of both the NGen Experience and Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference programs, which can be added on to your registration during checkout. Already registered? Click here to add this program.

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Federal Policy Forecast for the Nonprofit Sector

11:00 am – 11:55 am

What’s on the horizon for federal policy in 2016 and beyond? From comprehensive tax reform to new IRS regulations on political activity for tax-exempt groups to the fate of crucial giving incentives on the Hill, experts will share a brief overview of the major challenges and opportunities looming in the new year.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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Forward March: Developing an Advocacy Strategy for 2016

11:55 am – 12:30 pm

Now, it’s all up to you. Work alongside your peers in roundtable discussions to help build an advocacy strategy for 2016. Set the top priorities, chart a path to the halls of power, and plan how we’ll organize local, state, and federal coalitions to help set the strategy in motion on all fronts.

The session is part of the Public Policy Action Institute pre-conference program. Additional registration is required.

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