Advocacy vs. Lobbying 101: Where's the Line?

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All foundations can advocate by educating lawmakers on issues of importance to philanthropy, but there's still uncertainty regarding the nuances and details that distinguish advocacy from lobbying.  Join CMF members who are actively engaged in this work to learn what your foundation can do, what those activities may look like and how your colleagues have developed frameworks to guide their advocacy engagement.


Maggie Gunther Osborn, chief strategy officer and senior vice president, United Philanthropy Forum

Maggie Gunther Osborn is Chief Strategy Officer and Sr. Vice President of United Philanthropy Forum. She joined the Forum in August 2016 after serving as President of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.  Before joining the Council, Osborn served as Vice President of the Florida Philanthropic Network, Grant Director for the Conn Memorial Foundation, Vice President of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and Chief Development Officer for The Florida Aquarium following an early career in the designer fashion industry. MGO Partners, Osborn’s consulting firm from 1998-2013, provided training and capacity building support to the social purpose sector.  

David Jones (DJ), executive director, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

David L. Jones “DJ” has been with the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation since 2000. He was the Program Officer from 2000 to 2009 and has been the Executive Director since June 2009.  Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he and his wife lived in the Washington D.C. area where he worked for the World Bank Group. DJ is currently on the CMF Board of Trustees. He chairs the Community Foundation Committee and until recently was chair of the Government Relations Committee.  DJ has a BA degree in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University.

Jenee Velasquez, executive director, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Jenee L. Velasquez began as the first Executive Director for The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation in October of 2005. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Midland County’s economic development corporation, Midland Tomorrow, beginning in 1999. For two years prior to that, she served as Midland Tomorrow’s Manager of Economic Development Services. She was Midland’s first Downtown Development Authority Coordinator. Prior to living in Midland, Mrs. Velasquez worked for the Manhattan, Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau. She earned a B.S. in business administration from Kansas State University and her M.B.A. from Michigan State University as well as completing an executive education course at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


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Originally published January 19, 2018

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