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2016 NDBN Lobbying Day

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NDBN Lobbying Day

We’ve heard that some diaper banks, while they are excited about Lobby Day, think that they cannot participate because they are 501(c)(3). Fear not! Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can both advocate and lobby.

Advocacy is education—telling law makers abut diaper need, about what you do as a diaper bank, and sharing the stories of the people served by the diaper bank, are all examples of advocacy. There is no limit on advocacy.

Lobbying refers to expressing an opinion in communication with law makers about specific legislation. For example, asking a member of Congress to vote for or against a particular bill, and asking a member of your state legislature to introduce a bill to exempt diapers from sales tax are instances of lobbying. 501(c)(3)s can lobby as long as lobbying is not a “substantial portion of their activity.”  Because “substantial” is not defined, the IRS has created an option for organizations to measure their lobbying activity according to set monetary limits, which are easy to track. In order to take advantage of this, an organization must file what is known as a 501(h) election. It is recommended that all diaper banks file a 501(h) election.

To learn more about 501(h) elections, see what the National Council of Nonprofits says here.


May 11, 2016, One Washington Circle Hotel, 1 Washington Circle, Washington, DC 20037
May 12, 2016, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC 20001


Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Time Agenda Item
 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Registration
 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Welcome: Joanne S. Goldblum, NDBN Executive Director
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Lobbying 101 Training
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception, Cash Bar
 6:00 p.m. on  Dinner on Your Own


Thursday, 12 May 2016
Time Agenda Item
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Transit to Capitol
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Welcome: Congressman Keith Ellison and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Policy Panel: Professor Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center; Dr. Megan V. Smith, Yale School of Medicine and the New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership; Joanne Samuel Goldblum, Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network; Bruce Lesley, Executive Director, First Focus; Moderator: Rebecca Vallas,

Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
11:00 a.m. First Hill Appointments
 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  NDBN Staff Available in Congressional Cafeteria

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