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The Miserable Have No Other Medicine, But Only Hope…And Legislative Lobbying Action

With all the discussions intersecting arts advocacy and political action, it’s worth taking a closer look at the sort of lobbying activities 501(c)(3) nonprofits can participate. And since we’re talking about a topic that clearly crosses the threshold into legal waters, let’s be clear that the information provided here is not legal advice. The purpose of this post is to examine the topic and inspire consideration. You should always consult with an attorney who specializes in these areas before taking action. For some backstory, a reader posted a comment to an ArtsHacker […]

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The Arts Advocacy Assembly Line

Let’s keep the advocacy trend going by taking a closer look at a broader cross-section of resources and tips to help all stakeholders contribute to arts advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level. ArtsHacker published an article today by Sarah Marczynski that provides a number of resources to help you establish an effective arts advocacy assembly line to assist with planning campaigns, creating awareness, inspiring engagement and action, then sustaining that momentum. Don’t be one of those stakeholders who says “we’ve tried nothing and we’re all out of ideas.” Be […]

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Government Affairs Committee Action Item Friday

If your organization has a government affairs board committee (spoiler: it should) it has no shortage of action items to address. Here are few that should be on your radar. One item of note comes from a recent Opera America email urging members to contact their members of congress to “share stories about how the charitable deduction supports opera, community initiatives and jobs.” They even provide a link to a form letter with copy urging representatives to preserve existing charitable giving incentives. Another item comes from Guidestar, which published an article by […]

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An Update On The White House Petitions To Save The NEA/NEH

Since last week’s post pointing out potential problems with the White House petitions requesting that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) not properly registering signatures, it seems that some registrations are being recorded (h/t Brian Wise). As of Sunday afternoon (2/5/17), one petition has 65,239 signatures while the other has 13,312. Personally, I find the former petition to be the better of the two but adding your name only takes moments so there’s really no reason not to sign both. If you haven’t […]

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Did You Sign The White House Petition To Save The NEA/NEH? If So, They May Not Have Counted Your Vote

According to an article by Christopher Hooton in the 1/23/17 edition of The Independent and later expanded on by Jillian Steinhauer in an article at, petitions requesting that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at the WEthePEOPLE White House petition site are not properly registering signatures. Steinhauer ran her own tests and based on those results, it does appear that the petitions are not properly registering signatures. And in the spirit of troubleshooting, the first step in determining if there is a […]

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