DC Forum: On Policy and Advocacy
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Event Date
  • 3/17/2013 -
    3/19/2013
    Please arrive early for registration
Location
  • Washington DC
Address
  • 800 Florida Ave NE
    Washington, District of Columbia 20002-3600


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Your voice matters

The 2013 DC Forum on March 17-19 is an exciting opportunity for you to make a difference in Washington, DC, and online registration is now open!  With this new year comes a new Congress. It's a volatile time in our nation's capital, and the need to help educate decision makers about the potential impact of policy changes and reforms on America's homeless and poor is great.  The pressure to reduce the nation's historic debt and reform the ailing postal service is enormous, and every itemized deduction and postage discount is a potential source of new federal revenue. As a result, the charitable deduction and nonprofit postage discount are back in federal crosshairs. In addition, the specter of more federal restrictions on conscience rights has AGRM and other national ministries on alert. If rescue missions don't speak up, no one else will speak for us. 

If our education and advocacy work over the past year taught us anything, it's that every voice counts and persistence matters. In 2012, we worked with a national coalition of ministries and other nonprofits to turn the charitable deduction debate in our favor. And AGRM members added their voices to another national nonprofit coalition and pushed an influential committee chairman to back off plans to phase out the discount for nonprofit postage. That's real, tangible progress that can be further developed this coming March.

Register by February 15
We are planning for another strong turnout this year, so please register by February 15 to ensure that there is enough space for everyone who wants to attend. The agenda for this year's forum includes briefings on our highest-priority policies, special speakers, advocacy training, valuable time with your elected officials and staff, and fellowship with rescue mission executives and emerging leaders from across the country. Attendees will also receive advance briefing materials before arrival in DC March 17.

A comfortable and convenient place to stay
Washington, D.C., is a very expensive city, and hotels “close to the action” can be pricey. But good news, AGRM has reserved a very reasonable room rate once again at the well-appointed Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, just north of Capitol Hill at 800 Florida Avenue NE in Washington. Our published rates include all of the meetings, two overnights at Kellogg, with an optional third night, and five meals. (You can choose single or double occupancy. If you desire double but are attending by yourself, AGRM will assist you in finding a roommate.) In order to take advantage of the special room rate all reservations for the event and Kellogg lodging must be made through AGRM, not the hotel. 

Emerging leaders welcome
Did you know that the average age of a congressional aide is 31? AGRM needs to show its own “fresh faces” on Capitol Hill. Who is under age 35 on your staff that needs to attend? AGRM can make a huge statement about the depth in our ranks, plus we can get our upcoming leaders oriented to the workings of government at an early stage in their careers.


Schedule

Sunday, March 17, 2013
7:00 p.m.            Welcome and Dinner at Kellogg 
7:30 p.m.            DC Forum Overview

Monday, March 18, 2013
7:30 a.m.            Breakfast at Kellogg 
8:00 a.m.            Depart for Capitol Hill 
9:00 a.m.            Devotional & Prayer for the Nation 
9:45 a.m.            Congressional Outlook Panel
10:15 a.m.          Break 
10:30 a.m.          Forum 1: Charitable Deduction
11:15 a.m.          Forum 2 : HHS Contraceptive Mandate
12:00 p.m.          Lunch on Capitol Hill with Special Guest Speaker
1:00 p.m.            Forum 3: Nonprofit Postage Discount
1:45 p.m.            Forum 4: Religious Employment & Vehicle Donations Fix
2:15 p.m.            Break 
2:30 p.m.            Tuesday Meeting Schedule & Logistics
2:45 p.m.            Special Guest Speaker
           
3:30 p.m.            Meeting Strategies & Talking Points
4:00 p.m.            Mock Capitol Hill Meeting
6:00 p.m.            Dinner (On your own) 
 Tuesday, March 19, 2013
 7:30 a.m.            Breakfast at Kellogg 
 9:00 a.m.            Individual Appointments on Capitol Hill Begin 
 12:00 p.m.          Lunch (On your own)
 5:00 p.m.            Appointments Conclude            
 5:30 p.m.            Dinner and Debriefing at Kellogg
 
 SPECIAL GUESTS: Invitations have been sent to a number of
 cabinet members, lawmakers, and other key influencers, asking
 them to join us throughout our time. Unfortunately, most Washington
 appointments are never confirmed until a week out, but you can
 certainly expect several special guests.


 ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: For those desiring to attend the 
 Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders on Tuesday
 evening, March 19 (no additional charge), contact Rhett Butler 
for
 more information.










Airports

Reagan National Airport (DCA) | Dulles International Airport (IAD) | Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)  

Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation from and to the airport. We recommend a cab or SuperShuttle. Gospel Rescue Mission Ministries, one of our members, will provide transportation between Kellogg and meeting locations over the course of the event.


Register for the DC FORUM

Registration is open to mission members only. Questions? Contact AGRM Events Coordinator Lisa Miller with questions about registering or rates. Feel free to contact AGRM's Government Liaison Rhett Butler with questions about the agenda or requesting meetings.