In 2005, with generous funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the LWVEF launched "Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities." This project had three main components: public deliberations in ten communities across the country, focus groups and quantitative public opinion research to explore attitudes and values toward homeland security and civil liberties. The findings the Local Voices project are chronicled in this report.
A healthy League regards fundraising more as a matter of fund development, a process of building long-term relationships with your League?s supporters, in order to build a base of support that will sustain, for the long-term, the broad range of work your League accomplishes in issue advocacy, voter service, and citizen education and engagement.
The Ten Immutable Laws of the (Fundraising) Universe
by Carl Richardson
Effective Meetings with Members of Congress
June 24, 2005
A face-to-face meeting with a member of Congress is one of the best ways to influence his or her position. Below are some tips to help you prepare and plan for your next meeting with a member of Congress.
Before the Meeting
Web Resources for the Savvy Fundraiser
Foundations / Corporations & Proposals:
The Foundation Center
The Council on Foundations
Community Foundation locator: http://www.communityfoundationlocator.org/search/index.cfm
A 52-page, downloadable PDF fundraising handbook to help League leaders develop strategies and relationship building skills.
Management Tips: Membership Chair
Reprinted from Starting Point (Appendix II.B.7)
Management Tips: Newsletter Editor
Reprinted from Starting Point (Appendix II.B.10)
Maintains communications between the board and the membership by producing and distributing a regular newsletter that accurately describes the activities of the League.
Management Tips: Successful Annual Meeting
Reprinted from Starting Point (Appendix II.B.14)
The annual meeting is one of the most important general membership meetings of the year. It gives members an opportunity to direct the future of their League. Holding an annual meeting is in fact one of the seven basic requirements for League recognition.
The purposes of the annual meeting are to:
Management Tips: Secretary
Reprinted from Starting Point (Appendix II.B.3)
Serves as the official recorder of League business.
- Takes minutes at all decision-making meetings of the board and at the annual meeting.
- Maintains the record of attendance at all board meetings.
- Types and distributes minutes in a timely fashion.
- Maintains a file of all written reports and minutes with corrections.