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Toolkits  |  February 2, 2011

This toolkit covers some of the legislative basics, including key committees and staff positions, how an idea is turned into federal policy, the appropriations process, and common terminology.

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Toolkits  |  February 2, 2011

This toolkit is designed to help nonprofit organizations, designated as 501(c)(3) organizations by the IRS, understand what constitutes lobbying and how to measure and report on lobbying activities.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

This is an example of what a "Timeline" within a strategic advocacy plan might look like.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

This is an example of what a Goals and Objectives Chart within a strategic advocacy plan might look like.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

Encouraging representatives from the media to attend a site visit can give both your organization and the Member of Congress positive press attention. Send out a media advisory like the one below to let members of the media know the event is happening.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

You can use this sample thank you letter as a template for the letter thanking your Member of Congress for visiting your program.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

You should fax or email this after the Member agrees to participate in a site visit, and at least a week prior to the event.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

You can work the agenda items into the conversation as the senator/representative tours a program facility, OR you can do a separate presentation before or after the tour is completed.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

You can use this sample letter of support as a template to provide to other organizations and individuals in your community to send letters in support of your site visit request.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

To invite your Member of Congress to do a site visit, send a formal invitation. You can use the sample invitation below as a template.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

To help plan your site visit, consider making a work plan like the one below. You can even print this work plan out and use it to guide your planning and implementation process.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

When creating your own action alerts, you can use this sample format to guide your efforts.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

You can use this chart as a guide for creating your own mobilizing tracking sheet. Simply fill in the name, contact information, and notes fields for each member of your network who takes action.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

You can use this letter as a template for drafting your note of thanks for the congressional meeting.

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Toolkits  |  December 1, 2010

You can fill in this worksheet to plan out specific talking points for your congressional meeting.

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