The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is pleased to invite current Alliance Members to attend a day of advocacy with Arizona State Legislators at the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday, January 28, 2016.
The day will include a panel on nonprofit advocacy with Arizona State Representatives and Senators, moderated by Representative Heather Carter, a question and answer session, small group meetings with legislators, and an opportunity to be introduced during a House or Senate session.
9:00 - 10:00am Panel Discussion with State Legislators
The day will kick off with a special panel on Nonprofit Advocacy with current Arizona State Senators and Representatives. Learn about how the nonprofit community can engage with legislators, such as the kind of information they find helpful, and the reasons they need to hear from nonprofits. The panel will close with a brief Q&A session, time permitting.
10:00 - 10:30am Best Practices of Working with Legislators
David Martinez, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist at St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance reviews some best practices about working with legislators, including the logistics of scheduling meetings and timing during sessions.
10:30am - Noon Small Group Meetings with Legislators
Following the large group presentation, attendees can participate in a series of small-group meetings with legislators. Once registration for for the Day of Advocacy is complete, the Alliance will coordinate these group meetings. Or attendees are certainly free to plan ahead and schedule their own individual meetings during this time.
1:00 - 2:00pm Introduction from the House and Senate Floor
After lunch on your own, attendees are invited to attend a legislative session in the visitors gallery where they'll be introduced from the floors of the House and Senate as representatives of Arizona's nonprofit community. Attendees should plan to arrive for this at 1:00pm for the sessions which begin at 1:30pm. After being recognized, attendees can choose to leave or are welcome to stay through the session which is expected to go until about 3:30pm.
Panelists scheduled for the 9:00am session include:
- Representative Heather Carter, Panel Moderator
- Representative Kate Brophy McGee
- Representative Bob Robson
- Senator Andrew C. Sherwood
- Senator Jeff Dial