In this Alliance Advocacy Alert:
- Get Involved: Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum
- Speak Up for Museums: Alliance Resources to Advocate Today
- Participate: Federal Reserve Survey on Pandemic, Nonprofits, and the People We Serve
Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum This Week!
This week, August 9-13, is #InviteCongress to Visit Your Museum Week 2021, and there’s still time for you to participate! Our template makes it easy to send your invitations in just a few clicks. While legislators’ calendars fill up quickly, you can still get on their radar for an in-person or virtual visit in the coming weeks and months. If you’ve already secured a visit, prepare with our How-To Guide, which includes an overview of key issues and asks to emphasize during your Invite Congress activities.
We love to hear about your invitations, plans, and especially how you connected with your elected officials during Invite Congress and beyond! Be sure to send us a note about your plans and share your meetings on social media using the #InviteCongress hashtag.
Alliance Resources to Advocate Today
The Alliance’s full suite of Advocacy Resources provides a broad range of advocacy tools and materials to help you build your own advocacy skills and speak up for museums throughout the year. Your voice matters-you can help make the case for museums and make a difference with your elected officials.
Here are a few resources to get started today:
- AAM Guide to Working with a New Congress – We cannot assume legislators know all that museums are doing to serve their communities, or how they are impacted by current events such as the global COVID-19 pandemic, unless we share our stories with them. This handy guide gathers tips for learning about and connecting with your legislators, engaging your board, and more.
- Advocate from Anywhere – Wherever you are you can use these resources today to contact your legislators, get critical data about museums’ impact, watch advocacy videos, download a year-round advocacy plan, and much more!
- Nonprofit Voter Resources – Check out our extensive materials* providing answers to frequently asked questions about how nonprofits, including museums, and their staff and leadership can participate in advocacy and lobbying, nonpartisan election activity, and voter engagement.
*(Resources are provided for informational purposes only and do not serve as formal legal advice.)
Participate in the Federal Reserve Survey on Pandemic, Nonprofits, and the People We Serve
The pandemic’s effects were felt differently by each nonprofit, including museums. Our friends at the National Council of Nonprofits are partnering with the Federal Reserve on a survey to create a comprehensive picture of the effects on nonprofits and the communities we serve, both nationwide and in individual states. The results will help us all inform policymakers at every level of government about the challenges we all faced this past year and can help nonprofits, including museums, advocate for further relief. Your views are important. Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey today to help inform equitable recovery programs and policies. Some questions may not be relevant to your museum – answer the ones you can. Responses are due by August 24.
We encourage you to share the link with other nonprofits and museums you know and work with to help create the most complete picture possible. Thank you.
Visit www.aam-us.org/advocacy to access all of AAM’s advocacy resources.