OCA-Greater Houston and Mi Familia Vota – Education Fund are partnering together to host the 2023 Youth Advocacy Summit. The mission of this annual youth leadership program is to educate and empower over 100 Houston-area high schools to become community advocates. This is done by learning about issues through experts, developing leadership and organizing skills, and meeting with elected officials at every level of government. Our theme for this year’s Youth Advocacy Summit is “Seeds of Change,” to represent both the beauty and the unique challenges of coming from diverse backgrounds. The seeds our parents have planted grow into emerging leaders, aspiring advocates, inspired organizers that break cycles and use generational wisdom to build a better future. Past youth summit participants have gone on to testify at City Council, lead voter engagement campaigns at their school, speak at press conferences at the Texas Capitol, and represent their community in a variety of actions through participation in the school year program.

Register Here: 2023 Houston Youth Advocacy Summit (everyaction.com)

Every year Shipt invests in organizations and nonprofits that are innovating to advance economic mobility, address food insecurity, and support communities in need.

Shipt’s purpose is to “spark the connections that show why every person counts”. We focus on high-impact initiatives dedicated to meeting the many needs of our communities. As such, we invite interested organizations across the U.S. to apply for grants ranging from $1,000-$25,000.

For this cycle, Shipt is prioritizing applications that serve the following markets: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; and New York City, NY. However, applications serving other markets will still be considered.

APPLY HERE: 2023 Shipt Community Impact & Innovation Grant Application (typeform.com)

September 1, 2020 10:30 AMRegister here!

501(c)(3)s play an important role in educating the public about policy issues and actions taken by elected officials. Elected officials vote on bills, make public statements and executive decisions, and set the course for public policy on a wide range of issues. These actions may be consistent with or conflict with a nonprofit’s mission. After this workshop you will have a clear understanding of how to maximize your advocacy, the kinds of advocacy activities 501(c)(3)s can engage in, and when a communication is considered lobbying.

Participants will learn:
– How federal tax law and Texas law permit lobbying for charities and how lobbying is defined;
– One easy step most charities can take to maximize the amount they’re allowed to spend on lobbying;
– Yearly lobbying limits for charities;
– Tips for taking advantage of the narrow definitions of lobbying – which will help charities make the most of their lobbying limit; and
– The application of these rules to ballot measure activities.