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Thursday, October 20, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (PT)
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9 a.m.
Light Breakfast Provided.

Event Description

Nonprofit Advocacy: Why Nonprofits and Why Now?

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Public Policy Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Communities are going through unprecedented change. Oregon is making important decisions in the coming months about state leadership at all levels. Nonprofits have the right to educate civic leaders on the role our organizations play in our communities to help them make most informed public policy decisions.

Join us for an informative discussion on the importance of nonprofit advocacy during a time of social upheaval and unpredictable political challenges. At this workshop, participants will leave with an understanding of:

  • What is advocacy and why lobbying should be a part of your organization’s mission
  • How to leverage the trust that communities have in nonprofit organizations for meaningful public policy change
  • Why you should be building relationships with your elected officials and government leaders
  • Why you should be building relationships with your fellow nonprofit community members
  • What key issues to watch for at the local, state, and federal levels that have impacts on YOUR organization

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

About the Presenter

Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Public Policy Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Phillip Kennedy-Wong is a public policy professional with over 20 years of experience lobbying at the state, local, and federal levels. He has worked for several nonprofit organizations throughout his career and served on nonprofit boards. He brings a strong foundation and understanding of the nonprofit sector including operations, board management, fundraising, programing, and tax law.

Phillip brings a perspective that is not shared by many public policy professionals in Oregon: lived experience as a person of color and a child of immigrants that informs his work in this profession. His parents had no formal education, spoke very little English, raised his autistic brother, worked hard in low-skilled, low-wage jobs all their lives so their children could pursue a better life. As the result of their sacrifices, he was blessed to be the first in his family to go to college, pursue enriching life experiences including military service and graduate school; build a career as a successful, senior level professional public policy advocate and give back to his community.

Phillip served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves while earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Lewis and Clark College. Upon graduating, he went to work right away as a field organizer on a political campaign during the 1992 presidential election. Getting the political bug, he proceeded to earn a Master of Science in public policy from Rutgers University and has never looked back in his public service career. Phillip lives in Portland with his wife, two daughters, and two cats.

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$40 NAO Members
$60 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.

MVNN Member Pass holders may register for events within this specific network. Your unique discount code may be used for ten registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization.

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Please note: NAO will follow the masking guidelines of the venue in which we are holding this session. To make sure you have the most accurate information, all registrants will be notified of the venue-specific policy in advance of the session.

October 20th, 2022 8:30 AM through 10:30 AM
C3-Corvallis Community Center
2601 NW Tyler Ave
Willow Room
Corvallis, OR 97330-97330
Phone: (541) 766-6959
Event Fee(s)
Price $60.00
Event Particulars
City Corvallis
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding