We’d like to thank Professor Pat Libby for joining us today to share her insights on the differences between advocacy and lobbying for 501c3 organizations. As CALCASA and rape crisis centers become more politically engaged in local, state, and federal policy issues, it is becoming increasingly important to delineate between our role as advocates for legislation supporting sexual violence intervention and prevention efforts and lobbyists for a particular bill.
Professor Libby helped to facilitate an engaging dialogue around the limitations and opportunities for rape crisis centers as they look to get more involved with public policy and advocacy work.
Alliance for Justice and Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest are two of the resources that she shared, citing their utility and user friendliness.
Additionally, Professor Libby has written an incredible book called the Lobbying Strategy Handbook: 10 Steps to Advancing Any Cause Effectively.
The centerpiece of this book is a 10-step framework that walks the reader through the essential elements of conducting a lobbying campaign. The framework is illustrated by three separate case studies that show how groups of people have successfully used the model. Undergraduate, graduate students, and anyone interested in making a difference, can use the book to guide them in creating and conducting a grassroots campaign from start to finish (from the book review on Amazon, where you can purchase a copy!)
Here is a link to the notes from today’s web conference
Pat Libby, Clinical Professor, created and directs the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research (INER). INER was developed in 2001 through a comprehensive environmental scanning process that involved interviews, focus groups and surveys of hundreds of actors in the nonprofit, philanthropic and academic communities. Its pedagogy has a unique emphasis that interweaves theory with applied learning.