Hire staff and/or include in staff work plans</li></li></ul><li>Use your group’s connections<br />Find out who in your organization (board, members, staff) has experience with federal issues and/or advocacy<br />Engage them in planning for the work<br />Enlist them to help build organizational relationships<br />
Work in two directions:<br />Engaging the membership<br />Developing relationships with the congressional delegation<br /> In both cases…<br />
Give, then ask<br />What can you offer your members?<br />Educational seminars likethe Housing Alliance’s “Learn at Lunch”<br />Include federal updates in already popular email blasts. For example, the Housing Alliance’s: “The Week in Housing Advocacy” during state session.<br />
Give, then ask, part II<br />What can you offer your federal elected officials?<br />Info on the need in their district<br />Info on how programs and resources are used locally<br />Updates on state law<br />Recognition for supportive actions/votes<br />Access to stakeholders<br />
Ask, then ask others to ask<br />A Housing Allianceexample: the National Housing Trust Fund<br />The same ask - different mediums, different constituents<br />
Bringing others along<br />Continue the dialog with members, partner organizations, funders<br />Housing Alliance has:<br />Developed a follow-up survey<br />Involved members in planning events with federal legislators<br />Invited funders to participate in educational calls, receive action alerts<br />
Next steps<br />Newsletter for our members of Congress<br />Special events<br />Sen. Maria Cantwell<br />Rep. Jay Inslee<br />Branding for federal updates and alerts<br />Continuing and improving “Learn at Lunch”<br />
To learn more about our federal advocacy work<br />Visit our website: www.wliha.org<br /> - view archived federal updates and action alerts<br /> - sign up for Housing Alliance alerts<br />Or, contact me:<br />Alouise@wliha.org<br /> (206) 442-9455 x 203<br />
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