This book teaches students of social work and non-profit management how the government works and what they can do to effect change at the state or local level through lobbying. Social workers are very politically active and this book covers key skills taught in a policy practice course. The centerpiece of the book is a 10-step lobbying process that walks the student through important stages of lobbying. It lays out a clear, 10 point framework that helps students lobby effectively. It also provides a chapter on the 10 point process in action, which displays case examples of student projects from conception to implementation. Following the 10 point process the author also presents chapters on tax aspects of non-profits and the varying structures of such organizations. In addition the author includes chapters on budgeting, evaluation, and hiring and working with a lobbyist.
I. Lobbying and Advocacy: What does it mean and why should you do it?
II. The Rules of Engagement
III. Pork: "The Other White Meat" or, Quagmires of Government Budgeting
IV. Making Law: Confessions of an Erstwhile Legislator
V. Ten Common Elements of Successful Advocacy Campaigns: Part One, The First 3
VI. Ten Common Elements of Successful Advocacy Campaigns: Part Two, Steps 4-7
VII. Ten Common Elements of Successful Advocacy Campaigns: Part Three, Steps 8 & 9
VIII. The Ten Steps in Action: Case Study of the Strategy and Process REACH
IX. REACH The Final Steps!
X. The Ten Points Strike Again: Breaking the Tire Cycle
XI. Fighting for Justice in Cyberspace: The Role of Technology in Advocacy
XII. So Now You Have a Law: What do you do with it?
Addendum: Understanding the difference between full time and part time state legislatures