Meeting With Your State Elected Officials

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

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Preparing for Nonprofit Day at the Capitol- Fact Sheet How To’s

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

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Preparing for Nonprofit Day at the Capitol- Lobbying by Letter or Email

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

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Preparing for Nonprofit Day at the Capitol- Legislator Appointments

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,

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Health Care Reform

Want to know how the Affordable Care Act affects Colorado nonprofits? Download our primer on healthcare reform for more information.

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Protecting Charitable Assets

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

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Let’s Talk

Demands on public services are rising and revenue isn’t keeping pace. Download this toolkit to find helpful ways you can take an hour to change.

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