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ICYMI: Final ALN Session of 2013 Focuses on Mobile Technologies

Last month CMF was pleased to co-host along with the Beekeeper Group the latest session in our Advocacy Leaders Network series, "Mobile Advocacy: There's an App for That." This workshop focused on how mobile technologies can boost recruitment and participation, and help enhance the advocacy experience.

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Do's and Don'ts for Successful Fly-Ins

Fly-in season is almost upon us again! The annual Capitol Hill ritual mostly runs from January to about June, with thousands of associations, nonprofits and corporations flying supporters in to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Groups invest enormous resources in these events and the meetings dominate the schedules of congressional offices.

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Advocacy Spotlight: NHPCO’s Fly-in Strategies

We are entering a busy time of the year when organizations, associations and nonprofits conduct their fly-ins to make a connection between their supporters and those supporters’ Members of Congress. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is a group that conducts fly-ins very effectively through an integrated and intensive plan. Tony Kudner, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for NHPCO, generously shared with CMF some of the lessons they have learned by building on successful advocacy strategies from previous years.

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Now in its 13th edition, Setting Course is a comprehensive guide to managing a congressional office:

  • Part I is for new Members, focusing on setting up an office. 
  • Part II helps Members themselves define their role in the office and in Congress. 
  • Part III provides guidance to veteran and freshman offices on managing specific office operations.