NDBN Lobby Day



Lobby Day–Save the Date!

The third annual NDBN Lobby Day will be March 21 and 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. To get you ready to roll, here’s a recap of last year’s trip!



NDBN Lobby Day 2017

Changing Policy Changing Lives

NDBN Lobby Day 2017

We’ve heard that some diaper bank leaders, while excited about NDBN Lobby Day 2017, think that they cannot participate because their organization is recognized as a 501(c)(3). Fear not! Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can both advocate and lobby.

Advocacy is education—telling lawmakers about diaper need, about what you do as a diaper bank in your community, 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 lawmakers 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. https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/taking-the-501h-election


May 10, 2017, DLA Piper, 500 8th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
May 11, 2017, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Time Agenda Item
 10:30 a.m.  Tour of U.S. Supreme Court
 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Registration and Welcome
 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Lobbying 101 Training
 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Networking Reception
 7 p.m. on  Dinner on Your Own


Thursday, 11 May 2017
Time Agenda Item
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: Diapers and Public Health
11 a.m. Capitol Hill Appointments with Elected Officials Begin
11 a.m. on NDBN Staff Available in Congressional Cafeteria




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