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Government Advocacy for Nonprofits: Speaking Truth to Power
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Government Advocacy for Nonprofits: Speaking Truth to Power

The ability to effectively communicate with elected and other government officials at the local, state and federal levels is essential for many nonprofits, particularly those for whom government policy plays a key role in the accomplishment of their missions. This course will assist nonprofit leaders in developing an effective approach to influencing public policy makers.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/13/2018
When: Thursday, September 13th
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
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The Regas Building
318 N. Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee  37917
United States
Presenter: Jerry W. Askew, Ph.D.
Contact: Chloe Perry

Online registration is available until: 9/13/2018
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Member: $50.00
Non-Member: $150.00
Student Member: $15.00


Learning Objectives Include:

  • Summarize the components of an effective advocacy program
  • Recognize the law in Tennessee as it relates to advocacy for nonprofits
  • Understand effective strategies for working with elected and other governmental officials


This course is intended for beginners with little to no experience in the topic. Please keep in mind, the levels are simply a guideline. Please contact Chloe Perry at for specific questions about the level of this course.



Dr. Jerry Askew brings nearly 40 years of nonprofit experience to ABN, having held executive positions in higher education, philanthropy and healthcare. Since arriving in Knoxville in 1985, Jerry has served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee, President of the East Tennessee Foundation and Senior Vice President of the St. Mary’s/Mercy Health Systems. In addition, Jerry has served on the boards of over 40 nonprofit organizations at the local, state and national levels. He received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS from the University of Memphis and PhD from The Ohio State University. Jerry is also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.


Cancellation Courtesy:
If you wish to cancel your registration, notification of your registration cancellation must be received by email to Chloe Perry at five business days prior to the class. Please view our full cancellation policy here.

Special Accommodations:

If you require special accommodation in order to attend an ABN training, please contact Chloe Perry at 865-313-2077 or no less than five days prior to the training you wish to attend.

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