2017 Public Policy Institute

Adobe Spark

January 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am3:15 pm

Critical Partnerships for West Virginia’s Future

With the historic transition of executive and legislative leadership in West Virginia, it is critical, now more than ever, that nonprofits and foundations come together to establish relationships with the new leadership for West Virginia’s future.

Join us for the 3rd Annual Joint Policy Institute hosted by Philanthropy WV and the WV Nonprofit Association. We invite nonprofit and private, family, corporate, and community foundation leaders to attend to connect with West Virginia’s new leadership. The program will include a keynote presentation from David Thompson, VP of Public Policy, National Council of Nonprofits, an opportunity to hear from a panel of legislative and executive representatives, and breakout sessions to help nonprofits work on advocacy strategies and capacity to further organizational missions.


9:00 – 10:00     Registration

10:00 – 10:10     Welcome  

(WV House of Delegates Government Organization Committee Room, E215 –East Wing of the Capitol)

Diane Hinkle, Development Director, Tucker Community Foundation and Chair of the Joint Philanthropy WV/WVNPA Policy & Advocacy Committee

10:10 – 11:00     What Do Changes in Washington Mean for West Virginia Nonprofits and Foundations?

David Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, National Council of Nonprofits 

With the likely change from government gridlock to fast and furious legislating in Washington, many nonprofit and foundation professionals are anxious to see how the pieces fit together and where their advocacy efforts can promote positive solutions. David L. Thompson of the National Council of Nonprofits will provide insights on key issues affecting the work of our organizations, and our abilities to engage in the policy debates in a meaningful way.

11:00 – 12:00     What Does the Future Entail?

A panel of leaders from the WV Senate, the WV House of Representatives, and the Governor’s administration facilitated by Paul Daugherty, President & CEO of Philanthropy WV.

  • WV Senate President The Honorable Mitch Carmichael (confirmed)
  • WV Senate Minority Leadership (invited)
  • WV House of Delegates Majority Leadership (invited)
  • WV House of Delegates Minority Leadership (invited)
  • WV Governor Jim Justice Representative (invited)
  • WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (invited)

12:00 – 1:30     Lunch and Networking Groups (Rooms assignments to be announced)

  • Health, facilitated by Angie Settle, Executive Director, WV Health Right, Inc.
  • Economic Development, facilitated by Diane Hinkle, Development Director, Tucker Community Foundation
  • Environment, facilitated by Angie Rosser, Board Member, WV Environmental Council
  • Children & Families, facilitated by Emily Chittenden-Laird, Executive Director, WV Child Advocacy Network

1:45-2:45          Breakouts Sessions

#1: Using Your Data to Tell Your Story: Advocating for Your Mission, Ellen Allen of Covenant House

Lewis McManus Conference Room (Main Capitol Building in 252M near the WV House Chambers)

In this era of impacting economic inequality through initiatives to build community wealth, nonprofits must use traditional and nontraditional ways to measure their work, evaluate their contributions to the community, and tell their story in the context of community wealth. In this workshop you will learn about one nonprofit’s effort to advocate for their mission through effective and compelling story telling.

#2: WV Advocacy & Lobbying 101

(WV House of Delegates Government Organization Committee Room, E215 – East Wing of the Capitol)

David Thompson, National Council of Nonprofits

Advocacy is a powerful way to leverage the important mission work that your organization does in your community. But what does it really mean to advocate?  What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying? In this workshop you will learn the difference so you can educate your board members and volunteers to help increase the likelihood of your nonprofits success in advocacy engagement.

#3: Unpacking Policy Successes & Mistakes!
Paul Daugherty, President & CEO, Philanthropy WV and Christopher Kimes, Youth and Legislative Director, Healthy Kids & Families Coalition
(House Finance Committee Meeting Room – 460M on the Third Floor down the hall on the north side from the WV House Gallery)

How do you effectively work with partners, policy makers, and others to successfully get your policy passed?  Join us as we unpack some recent policy wins through the nonprofit and philanthropic arenas.  This presentation will share the successes and mistakes made in recent legislative sessions and how to work with legislators from both sides of the aisle. This workshop is for moderate to expert level policy advocates.

2:45 – 3:15     Closing Remarks

(House Chambers)
Closing remarks and announcement of the formation of an Impact Commission

About the Presenters:

David L. Thompson is Vice President of Public Policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. Prior to joining the National Council in February 2010, David served as Director of Government Affairs at Independent Sector. He served in the public sector from 2001 to 2007 as a Senior Counsel and as Policy Director to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Before working on Capitol Hill, David directed federal policy for a consulting firm and practiced law for 17 years specializing in labor relations, employment law, government contracting, as well as government relations at the federal and state levels.

Ellen Allen is the Executive Director of Covenant House. Ellen owned her own businesses and worked in the environmental engineering field prior to stepping into the non-profit sector. Before joining Covenant House, Ellen served as Director of the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program in Charleston and the Executive Director of the Family Refuge Center in Lewisburg where she also served on the state Board of Directors for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Foundation for Rape and Information Services. Her career in advocacy spans over 30 years. She was appointed by Governor Manchin to the WV Human Rights Commission and the WV Women’s Commission. A graduate of Concord College with a MBA from Averett University, Ellen enjoys travel, hiking and cycling and is the mother of Sarah Margaret Allen and married to Sue Julian.