To help our members become better prepared and informed, the Public Policy committee for the AFP-Central Ohio chapter has created a color-coded messaging system for email communication to quickly notify members of local, state and national issues if the information warrants:
Red Alert — Immediate action is needed/highly important issues
Yellow Alert — Alert of new or pending rule/law or prevalent issues
Green Alert — General information
Our goal is not to determine chapter action or to take a stance on an issue, rather to provide a method and system helps you navigate through the variety of issues and information and act accordingly for your nonprofit.
Five Training Opportunities for Charities available from the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section
The Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section provides in-person training on multiple topics and hosts monthly webinars.
In-person trainings, available by request, include:
- Bingo School – Learn the duties of officers and board members, state rules and requirements, and other issues of interest to bingo operators.
- Minding the Business While Changing the World: Legal Obligations of Charity Leaders Understand the basic requirements all charitable boards must follow and how to protect an organization and its beneficiaries.
- Charitable Fundraising: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Learn about the legal requirements for fundraising, how to select and work with professional solicitors, and problems to avoid.
Available webinars include:
- Charitable Registration Webinar – Learn about the registration and filing requirements for Ohio charities and groups that solicit Ohio citizens and understand how to use the Attorney General’s online filing system.
- Nonprofit Board Governance Webinar – Get an overview of charity board members’ legal responsibilities.
To inquire about the trainings of the Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section, send an email to CharitableLaw@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office also provides trainings on a variety of other topics. Some presentations, such as those covering consumer protection, crime victims’ issues, and small business matters, could be useful for charitable organizations, depending on their constituents and partners.
For information about any of the Ohio Attorney General’s training opportunities, visitwww.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/Training-and-Education or contact the Attorney General’s Help Center at 800-282-0510.
Information provided by Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section
See the latest alerts from AFP at http://www.afpnet.org/PublicPolicy/?navItemNumber=4618
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Public Policy Committee Chair
990 Pennsylvania Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
Position Title: Public Policy Committee Chair
Capacity: Board member
Reports to: VP of Communications
● Organizes and chairs regularlyscheduled Committee meetings.
● Recruits and enlists volunteer committee members; monitors the work of volunteers to ensure timely completion of assignments.
● Provides VP Communications/Marketing Committee and Chapter Administrator with enewsletter updates, issue briefs and links for alerts for dissemination to members.
● With Chapter President and VP Education, develops collaborations with other nonprofit organizations to promote AFP initiatives through advocacy.
● Serve as the liaison with IHQ and shares issue information with Chapter Board and members.
● Gathers information on local, state and federal legislative activities that have implications for AFP, nonprofit organizations, fundraising, philanthropy, and charitable solicitations.
● Identifies advocacy issues, concerns and opportunities; informs and educates AFP Central Ohio Chapter members about trends, issues and implications.
● Makes recommendations to the Chapter Board and IHQ in regard to each aspect.
● Develops and implements strategies as appropriate to deal with legislative issues and promote prudent public policy.
● Provides timely and uptodate content to Chapter Administrator for committee web page on chapter web site.
● Develops and submits a budget to the treasurer within designated deadlines; monitors committee income and expenditures.
● Works to successfully achieve goals outlined in Chapter Strategic Plan.
● Celebrates success; ensure that the celebration of success includes expressions of gratitude to volunteers.
● Adheres to policies and board member responsibilities adopted by the board.
● Upon leaving office, transfers all records in current condition to the successor.