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The Philanthropic Collaborative Highlighting Philanthropy’s Vital Role in Our Economy The Philanthropic Collaborative The Philanthropic Collaborative Highlighting Philanthropy’s Vital Role in Our Economy The Philanthropic Collaborative

Congressional Outreach Toolkit ■ Why reach out to Members of Congress? ■ Increasing budgetary Congressional Outreach Toolkit ■ Why reach out to Members of Congress? ■ Increasing budgetary pressure means the philanthropic sector is coming under increasing scrutiny ■ Better informed policymakers make better decisions ■ Members of Congress care about their constituents, making you the best voice to share with them data on our sector The Philanthropic Collaborative 2

3 Step 1: Scheduling a Meeting Finding your Members of Congress n n Research 3 Step 1: Scheduling a Meeting Finding your Members of Congress n n Research your Members n Requesting a Meeting n What to Expect The Philanthropic Collaborative

Opening the Door ■ Will a Member of Congress really listen to what I Opening the Door ■ Will a Member of Congress really listen to what I have to say? ■ Yes- there is a standard process for requesting a meeting with a Member of Congress; our colleagues in the forprofit world use it all the time. ■ Members have capable staff both at home and in DC whose jobs are to meet with constituents- they are there to listen to you. ■ A meeting with staff is not a brush-off, but a great opportunity and gets your foot in the door with the Member. The Philanthropic Collaborative 4

Finding your Members ■ How many Members of Congress represent me on Capitol Hill? Finding your Members ■ How many Members of Congress represent me on Capitol Hill? ■ Everyone has two Senators that both represent everyone in the state, and one Congressman in the House of Representatives. ■ Generally speaking, Senators represent more constituents than members in the House, so they have larger staffs and can be more influential on Capitol Hill. ■ Every House member represents about 700, 000 people. Every 10 years district lines are redrawn to balance population for demographic changes. The Philanthropic Collaborative 5

Finding and Contacting your Senators § Go to www. senate. gov , select your Finding and Contacting your Senators § Go to www. senate. gov , select your state under Find your Senators in the top corner § Click “GO” The Philanthropic Collaborative 6

Finding and Contacting your Senators § Click your Senator’s name to go to their Finding and Contacting your Senators § Click your Senator’s name to go to their webpage. Each Senator’s page is different, and lists all their offices in your State. The Philanthropic Collaborative 7

Finding and Contacting your Senators § Find the State office nearest to you, and Finding and Contacting your Senators § Find the State office nearest to you, and note the contact information. Look for “Contact Information” or “Office Locations” §Go back to the Senate, repeat for Senator #2 The Philanthropic Collaborative 8

Finding and Contacting your Congressman § Go to www. house. gov , enter your Finding and Contacting your Congressman § Go to www. house. gov , enter your ZIP code in the top left corner of the page § Click “GO” The Philanthropic Collaborative 9

Finding and Contacting your Congressman § Click your Congressman’s name to go to their Finding and Contacting your Congressman § Click your Congressman’s name to go to their webpage. Each Congressman’s page is different, and lists all offices in your State. The Philanthropic Collaborative 10

While you’re on their page: Research Your Member § Do your homework: investigate the While you’re on their page: Research Your Member § Do your homework: investigate the member and their interest. §Take some time to read your Members’ biographies, recent press releases, and issue positions to help guide your future meeting: § What issues seem to be most important to the Member? § Does anything in their biography mesh well with your organization? § Print out the information; you will need it later for meeting preparation and “Finding the Hook” The Philanthropic Collaborative 11

Requesting a Meeting ■ Now that you know how to contact your Senators and Requesting a Meeting ■ Now that you know how to contact your Senators and Congressman, and a little about their interests and history, it’s time to reach out and request a meeting. ■ Unless you’re planning to travel to DC, you will likely want to first meet with your Members’ ‘Field Representative’ or ‘District Staff’, your Members’ local liaisons. ■ The primary role of the local staff is to relay to your Members’ what’s happening on the ground in the district. Tailor your message to how your work helps the local community. * * If you need help tailoring your message to your Members, contact The Philanthropic Collaborative 12

Give ‘em a Call ■ Local offices are fairly small, sometimes with only one Give ‘em a Call ■ Local offices are fairly small, sometimes with only one or two staffers. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and give them a call: ■ Mention your title and a little bit about your organization. ■ Feel free to share and take pride in how many employees you have, your investments in the community, etc. ■ Politely ask if they can schedule a time for you to come in a talk a little more with the Member, or someone on staff, about your work. The Philanthropic Collaborative 13

Sample Call Script Large Foundations ■ “Hello, my name is John Tyler with the Sample Call Script Large Foundations ■ “Hello, my name is John Tyler with the Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the United States, based right here in Kansas City. We have about 70 local employees and spend about $90 million per year on grants to non-profits and our entrepreneurial training programs. I was hoping to schedule a meeting between our President, Carl Schramm, and Congressman Cleaver to introduce him to our work in the district. ” The Philanthropic Collaborative 14

Sample Call Script Small Foundations ■ “Hi, my name is Jan Preble with The Sample Call Script Small Foundations ■ “Hi, my name is Jan Preble with The Wasie Foundation based in Wayzata, Minnesota. Our foundation is a small, private, independent foundation started in Minneapolis in 1966. There are many private independent and family foundations in Minnesota providing support to public charities of all types. In fact, 85 percent of the grant makers in Minnesota are private foundations. Although our foundation is small, we’ve provided millions of dollars to a wide array of health and human services providers over the years. Our funding has been for the benefit of Minnesota residents, especially those living with life threatening, chronic, or severely disabling conditions or diseases. I was hoping to schedule a meeting with Congressman Paulsen or his staff to discuss the value of philanthropy and our work. ” The Philanthropic Collaborative 15

Likely Responses ■ There a number of responses to expect: ■ Meeting Scheduled: Congratulations, Likely Responses ■ There a number of responses to expect: ■ Meeting Scheduled: Congratulations, you’ve just opened the door! ■ Contact the Scheduler: If the staff gives you the contact information for the office Scheduler, you are close to arranging a meeting with your member! Follow their instructions to get a meeting on the books. ■ Written Request: Some offices are more bureaucratic than others, and may ask formal letter requesting a meeting. Follow their instructions for submitting a request. For help crafting your letter, please contact us at TPC. * *If you need additional assistance scheduling meetings with your Members, contact The Philanthropic Collaborative 16

Step 2: Preparing for your Meeting n Leave-behind packets n Crafting a One-Pager n Step 2: Preparing for your Meeting n Leave-behind packets n Crafting a One-Pager n Who should attend? n Finding the Hook The Philanthropic Collaborative 17

Leave-Behind Packets ■ Members and Staff are always happy to accept a ‘leave-behind’ packet Leave-Behind Packets ■ Members and Staff are always happy to accept a ‘leave-behind’ packet with materials on your organization and TPC The Philanthropic Collaborative 18

Leave-Behind Packets ■ Some ideas of what to include: ■ A “One-Pager” on your Leave-Behind Packets ■ Some ideas of what to include: ■ A “One-Pager” on your Organization (see next slide) ■ Materials you’ve developed about your organization, including a screen shot of your website, annual report, mission statement, etc ■ Recent articles on your organization ■ Business cards and contact information ■ TPC’s Fast Facts on Foundations The Philanthropic Collaborative 19

Crafting a One-Pager ■ Members of Congress and their staff look to one-page summaries Crafting a One-Pager ■ Members of Congress and their staff look to one-page summaries of just about everything, including constituent organizations. ■ Your one-pager should include a brief history of your organization, mission statement, list some notable impacts of your work, a look ahead at future objectives, and (optionally) a short list of what the Member can do to help you reach those objectives. ■ Package the information in a one-page document with your logo and organization’s particular design / color scheme. * *The Philanthropic Collaborative can assist your organization in creating a one-pager 20

Sample One-Pagers 21 Sample One-Pagers 21

Sample One-Pagers 22 Sample One-Pagers 22

Who should attend? ■ Think about an effective team ■ Don’t limit attendees to Who should attend? ■ Think about an effective team ■ Don’t limit attendees to just the Trustees or President of your organization. ■ Perhaps include grantees you would like to showcase, exemplifying your work in the district or state. ■ Only bring additional people to the meeting if they can help relay the importance of your work in the district, and in general limit your team to three people. The Philanthropic Collaborative 23

Finding the Hook* ■ Recall your research from the Members’ websites, including issues they Finding the Hook* ■ Recall your research from the Members’ websites, including issues they care about, their biography, recent press releases, etc. ■ Find connections between your organization and either the most important or most timely issues for your Member. ■ If creating jobs is the most important issue, talking points could be: “We are a job creator in the community, here’s how…” or “Our work retrains the unemployed and helps them find new work” ■ If your Member is a champion of family values, stress your organization’s importance for kids or parents. *For additional help finding the hook to your Member, contact The Philanthropic Collaborative 24

Finding the Hook ■ Additional examples: ■ If your member is on a Committee Finding the Hook ■ Additional examples: ■ If your member is on a Committee dealing with health care, a hook could be work you’ve done to help Americans live healthier lives. ■ If your member is an advocate for small businesses, a hook could be if your organizations provides micro loans to entrepreneurs or business development assistance. ■ If your member does a lot of work for the economically disadvantaged, a hook could be your organization’s support for basic human services. For additional help finding the hook to your Member, contact The Philanthropic Collaborative 25

Step 3: Here We Go! n What to Bring and Expect n Opening the Step 3: Here We Go! n What to Bring and Expect n Opening the Meeting n Sharing your Story n Sharing TPC’s Data The Philanthropic Collaborative 26

What to Bring and Expect ■ Every meeting is different, so be flexible ■ What to Bring and Expect ■ Every meeting is different, so be flexible ■ Meetings can vary between casual conversations and formal dialogues- be prepared for both scenarios. ■ If you are meeting with a Member, be very deferential, show up early and be understanding of their busy schedules. ■ Bring a few copies of your leave-behind packets, business cards, a notebook and pens for taking notes. ■ If you are meeting with staff, they will relay your message to the Member. The Philanthropic Collaborative 27

Opening the Meeting ■ Start off on the right foot ■ Members have busy Opening the Meeting ■ Start off on the right foot ■ Members have busy schedules so don’t be discouraged if they’re late or have to cut the meeting short. ■ Exchange business cards right away. ■ Introduce yourself and your team, give a brief background on each person and your organizations - explain how everyone fits into the picture. ■ Staff and Members want to know how your organizations fits into their district. The Philanthropic Collaborative 28

Sharing your Story ■ Tell them how you are helping their constituents ■ Start Sharing your Story ■ Tell them how you are helping their constituents ■ Start with the hooks you identified before the meeting. ■ Use what you have: if you have a good anecdotal or imperial example use it. ■ Connect relationships: if possible, make the connection with the member or staffer and a person on staff or trustee. ■ Share some of your current or future projects and the most interesting work you are doing. ■ Human impact stories are powerful. ■ React to what most intrigues your audience, and elaborate on projects that spark their interest. ■ Offer what you can to help. The Philanthropic Collaborative 29

Sharing TPC’s Data ■ After talking about your work, widen the scope to share Sharing TPC’s Data ■ After talking about your work, widen the scope to share TPC’s economic data points ■ Once the Member or staff understands how important you are to the district, broaden your conversation to the economic role of foundations and philanthropy in general. * ■ Review TPC’s “Fast Facts on Foundations” to highlight foundations’ return on investment, the beneficiaries of grantmaking, and speed of response. * *Supporting documents are available on our website, at www. philanthropycollaborative. org 30

End on a High Note ■ Here are some ways to end your meeting End on a High Note ■ Here are some ways to end your meeting on a high note, encouraging follow-up ■ Invite the Member to a future event or a tour of your offices. ■ Offer to connect the Member with grantees, program directors, colleagues etc who oversee the work they found most interesting. ■ Always offer to keep them up-to-date on your work, leaving the door open for future meetings. The Philanthropic Collaborative 31

Step 4: Follow-Up n Thank You Notes n Invitations to Events n Supporting your Step 4: Follow-Up n Thank You Notes n Invitations to Events n Supporting your Member The Philanthropic Collaborative 32

Thank You Notes ■ Follow-up with the staff, Member and thank them for taking Thank You Notes ■ Follow-up with the staff, Member and thank them for taking the meeting ■ Traditional mail to Congressional offices can take weeks to clear security. It is much quicker to send an email to the address on their business cards. ■ Express your appreciation for the meeting, and feel free to include additional information on topics or projects that interested them. The Philanthropic Collaborative 33

Building a Relationship ■ Establishing a relationship with a Member of Congress is similar Building a Relationship ■ Establishing a relationship with a Member of Congress is similar to engaging with donors ■ It is important to build a relationship over time ■ It will be much easier to ask for assistance in the future if you have an existing relationship The Philanthropic Collaborative 34

Invitations to Events ■ Members are political figures, and like public activities and events Invitations to Events ■ Members are political figures, and like public activities and events ■ If your organization has any upcoming events or roll-outs in your community, invite the staff and Members to attend. ■ Members often tour the offices and facilities of businesses in the district. Open the doors of your non-profit, offer your Member a chance to meet and speak to your employees. The Philanthropic Collaborative 35

Continued Interaction with your Member of Congress ■ Members also host their own events, Continued Interaction with your Member of Congress ■ Members also host their own events, and attending builds rapport and shows support ■ Many Members host events to help their constituents, like volunteer service days and career fairs. Attending some of these events is a good way to show support for your Member. ■ Participate in Town Hall meetings, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, etc. These are valuable ways to get to know your Member while promoting your organization. The Philanthropic Collaborative 36

Beyond the Federal Level § The concepts explained in this toolkit can also be Beyond the Federal Level § The concepts explained in this toolkit can also be used to develop local or state-level relationships Additional Resources § Regional Associations can also assist foundations in contacting and developing relationships with local leaders and Members of Congress The Philanthropic Collaborative 37

 • Using your Regional Association To find your regional association, go to givingforum. • Using your Regional Association To find your regional association, go to givingforum. org and click the “locate your regional association” link. The Philanthropic Collaborative 38

39 Contacting TPC: We’re here to help you succeed The Philanthropic Collaborative 39 Contacting TPC: We’re here to help you succeed The Philanthropic Collaborative

Contacting TPC ■ TPC’s staff is specialized in Congressional outreach. We can you with: Contacting TPC ■ TPC’s staff is specialized in Congressional outreach. We can you with: ■ ■ Crafting your messages and one-pager ■ Finding hooks with your Members ■ ■ Scheduling meetings Following-up with DC-based staff Don’t hesitate to contact us: ■ TPC’s Main Line: 202 -349 -2910 ■ Email: [email protected] org The Philanthropic Collaborative 40

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