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Friday, September 23, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Description

Investing in Change: Foundation Support for Lobbying and Other Advocacy

Quyen Tu, Bolder Advocacy at Alliance For Justice

Private and public foundations can play an important role in advocacy by engaging in advocacy themselves and funding their grantees to advocate on their issues. After this workshop, your foundation will have a clear understanding of the kinds of advocacy activities you can safely engage in and best practices for grantmaking to give your grantees the most flexibility under the law for their advocacy efforts. Not sure how to make the case for funding advocacy? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue? This training answers these questions and more! The workshop is designed for foundation staff and trustees.

Participants will learn:

  • Why public and private foundation should support advocacy;
  • An overview of activities that constitute advocacy and public policy work;
  • Various advocacy roles for foundations;
  • How foundations can collaborate around advocacy;
  • The tax code’s definitions of lobbying;
  • Activities that are exceptions to the definitions of lobbying, including those which private foundations can engage in;
  • Rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific project, and multi-year grants; and
  • Grant agreement language that permits support for policy work.

Virtual Attendees will be able to particiate in this training and follow along as the event is happening. 

For questions about this event, contact Phillip Kennedy-Wong, NAO's Director of Public Policy at:

For accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Facilitator

Quyen Tu, Senior Counsel at Alliance for Justice, Bolder Advocacy Program

Quyen is the Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in AFJ’s Southern California office. Through trainings and technical assistance, she supports nonprofit organizations in pursuing legal and effective advocacy to create systems change.

She is a long-time active member of the American Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. Quyen’s work in these associations has focused on diversity in the bench and bar, and access to justice.

Quyen earned her B.A. at the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Prior to joining AFJ, Quyen had her own law practice, focusing on consumer protection litigation and advising social enterprises including benefit corporations, certified B Corps, and social purpose corporations.

Outside of work, Quyen volunteers at local and global Habitat for Humanity build sites (Los Angeles, Orange County, Nepal, Jordan, Chile, and counting). When she is not hammering or mixing mortar, Quyen runs, bikes, and learns new yoga poses to maintain her sanity, and more importantly, to compensate for her love of ice cream.

Thank You Sponsors



$45 NAO members
$70 Nonmembers

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September 23rd, 2022 from  2:00 PM to  4:00 PM
Northwest Health Foundation
221 NW 2nd Ave
Suite 300, Ramona Room
Portland, OR 97209
In-person $70.00
Virtual $70.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Voice
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