Personal visits are a highly effective way to help legislators understand your position or program. Legislators welcome visits from constituents. They want you involved! However, these are busy people, so time is critical; plan ahead and use the time well. You have two state legislators: one state senator and one state representative. If you don’t know
What Are Fact Sheets? Fact Sheets introduce you – and your issue – in a format useful to busy people. They come in many styles, shapes, and sizes, but every advocacy group needs at least one. Good fact sheets recognize that busy people need something short and punchy to grab their attention (Anything long and complicated
Letters are an important, even critical, way to influence legislation. Letters to the writer’s own Senator and Representative are especially important. Alternatively, many state legislators have email addresses where you can send your thoughts. Here are some guidelines: Make clear your position, and exactly what you want your legislator to do. Write in your own
As a participant in Nonprofit Day at the Capitol, you are responsible for setting up any appointments with legislators. While we have encouraged legislators to make themselves available, Colorado Nonprofit Association will not schedule appointments for participants. Doing some homework on state legislators’ background can be helpful preparation for forming a professional relationship with them. Visiting legislators’ websites,
Recent national investigative reports on nonprofits have raised questions about how nonprofits prevent charitable fraud and protect charitable assets. On October 26, the Washington Post ran an article titled “Inside the Hidden World of Thefts, Scams and Phantom Purchases at the Nation’s Nonprofits” accessible at the Washington Post webpage. Earlier in 2013, the Center for Investigative
The Colorado Secretary of State announced proposed changes to charitable solicitations rules and held a public comment hearing on October 25. Colorado Nonprofit Association submitted comments to the Secretary on the proposed updates to the rules.