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The Nonprofit Alliance Advocacy Week 2024
June 11 – 13 | Washington, D.C. and Virtual


TNPA’s Advocacy Week 2024 is a mix of in-person and virtual programming. If you are interested in the legislative issues facing the nonprofit sector today, this event is for you! Both experienced advocates and curious first-timers are welcome and encouraged to participate.

On June 11, attend virtual seminars with DC lobbyists, advocacy experts, and Congressional staffers for perspectives from the frontlines.
Then, gear up for a day on Capitol Hill. You can participate in-person on the 12th or virtually on the 13th — it’s up to you!
(Hill Day seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Participate in a half-day seminar, then choose from two options to advocate for the nonprofit sector with Members of Congress and their staff.

Nonprofit Advocacy Seminar
Tuesday, June 11 | Virtual
1 – 4 pm ET

1 – 1:40 | Latest Need-to-Knows on Critical Issues … And is Bipartisanship Dead?
Hear the latest on key issues, including the Universal Charitable Deduction, the movement of privacy legislation in the states and on Capitol Hill, and the leading-edge efforts to regulate artificial intelligence. In a year of especially high partisanship, what progress can we expect?
Sally Schaeffer, Founder and Principal Consultant, Uncorked Advocates
Mark Micali, Vice President of Government Affairs, TNPA

1:40 – 1:45 | Stretch break

1:45 – 2:20 | The 30,000 Foot View from Capitol Hill: What To Expect In This Election Year
What are the key Congressional priorities in this busy election year? What will move forward in this session, and what is likely to be left on the sidelines? Hear the inside forecast from the staffers working on the frontline.
Bipartisan Panel of Senior Capitol Hill Staffers (tbd)
Moderator: Mark Micali, Vice President of Government Affairs, TNPA

2:20 – 2:50 | Break

2:50 – 3:20 | Nonprofit Advocacy: How to Punch Above Your Weight Class
What are the best ways to promote your agenda with policymakers and legislators in today’s divisive and complex political arena, especially if you don’t have a sophisticated government affairs team? Hear from the Capitol Hill staffers who talk to constituents and advocates every day about what works – and what doesn’t.
Senior Capitol Hill Staffers (tbd)
Moderator: Tooshar Swain, Director of Public Policy, Americans for the Arts

3:20 – 3:25 | Break

3:25 – 4 | The Importance of Grassroots Activism
Why is grassroots involvement so important, and how can you do it most effectively? Learn how local efforts can make a big impact, and how to make the most of limited resources.
Ali Bedford, Vice President, Integer
Bob Tigner, Regulatory Counsel, TNPA

Capitol Hill Day Option 1
Wednesday, June 12 | In-Person
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
Followed by a VIP Networking Reception on the Hill
5 to 7 p.m. ET

Hill Day volunteers will participate in a full day of meetings with Senators and their staff, sharing your frontlines perspective on legislation that impacts your organizations, your donors, and your missions. You’re then invited to join us for our exclusive volunteer and donor VIP event at a Capitol Hill venue to cap off the day.

Capitol Hill Day Option 2
Thursday, June 13 | Virtual
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

Join us from the comfort of your own desk to participate in a full day of meetings with members of Congress and their staff, sharing your frontlines perspective on legislation that impacts your organizations, your donors, and your missions.

Thank you to our 2024 Advocacy & Action Sponsors

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Registration Rates 

TNPA Member – Free

Non-Member – Nonprofit   $75

Seats are limited for Hill Day participation on June 12 and 13.

Meet Our Guest Speakers

Ali Bedford | Vice President, Integer, LLC.
In the government relations practice, Ali works closely with clients to advance their policy priorities and protect their interests in the tax code. Her expertise lies in tax-exempt policy and extends to mission-driven initiatives, where she utilizes her understanding of organizational objectives to advocate for impactful change. Ali brings a wealth of experience in cultivating relationships with Congressional offices, crafting and analyzing legislation, coalition building, and spearheading strategic communications.

Headshot of Sally Schaeffer.

Sally Schaeffer | Owner/Principal Consultant, Uncorked Advocates
Bringing nearly 25 years of experience, Sally Schaeffer is founder and owner of Uncorked Advocates, a federal government relations firm started in 2017. Among her current clients are some of the largest nonprofits and philanthropic associations in the country, including Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Heart Association, YWCA USA, Covenant House International, United Philanthropy Forum, American Retirement Association, and Prevent Child Abuse America. On behalf of American Heart Association, she helped to coordinate a national coalition of 60 nonprofits in support of the Legacy IRA Act, which passed into law in December 2022.

Tooshar Swain | Director of Public Policy, Americans for the Arts
Tooshar Swain is the Director of Public Policy at Americans for the Arts. Before joining Americans for the Arts, Tooshar served as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the National Association for Music Education. There he oversaw federal and state policy initiatives while supporting music educators in their efforts to advocate for their music programs. During this time, he also served as a board member for both the Committee for Education Funding and the Title IV-A Coalition.
Tooshar began his career on Capitol Hill working on tax policy, judiciary, and healthcare issues in the United States Senate. Tooshar has also worked as both a policy and communications consultant for presidential and congressional campaigns.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Refunds will be available on all cancellations emailed to The Nonprofit Alliance 15 business days or more before the start of the event, minus a $30.00 processing fee.
  • No refunds will be issued 14 days before the first day of the event.
  • Registrants failing to attend the event will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Substitution of registration is permitted up until one week before the event with written consent. Substitutions may be subject to a charge for the difference in registration rates. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations.
  • If the event is canceled by The Nonprofit Alliance for any reason, registrants will receive a full refund for registration fees, or said registration fees can be credited to a future program.  However, The Nonprofit Alliance cannot and does not assume responsibility for any other expenses, including the purchase of hotel reservations or train/airline tickets, incurred by the registrant in connection with attending the event. 
  • All applicable refunds will be issued following the close of the event. A refund will be returned in the original purchase format. If paying with a credit card, a refund will take an additional 10 business days to post to your account.

Code of Conduct: 

  • The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) exists to foster the development and growth of nonprofit organizations and to protect the donors, members, partners, and volunteers that support them.  At all educational offerings and conferences, we commit to fostering an environment free from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. We will not tolerate harassment, discrimination, and intimidation of any form. All individuals must exhibit professionalism, must demonstrate respect for others, must act with civility, and must refrain from inappropriate and unwelcomed physical contact, sexual references, and aggressive advances.
  • Anyone who experiences or witnesses a violation to these standards, should immediately contact TNPA CEO Shannon McCracken.  Anyone found in violation of the TNPA Code of Conduct by any means may receive a warning, have membership suspended, registration forfeited, or experience escalation to legal authorities.

Site Selection Policy:

  • The Nonprofit Alliance and The Nonprofit Alliance Foundation (collectively, TNPA) are committed to fostering effective networking, professional development, and advocacy among its members through conferences and other events. To view our site selection policy click here.
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