With the historic transition of legislative leadership in West Virginia, it is critical, now more than ever, that nonprofits and foundations be prepared to participate in the state and federal legislative process in 2015.\r\n\r\nPhilanthropy WV, the state association of foundations and corporate giving, and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association are hosting their inaugural Policy Institute on Friday, Dec. 5, at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, inviting nonprofits and private, family, corporate and community foundation leaders (board members, committee members, CEOs, staff and volunteers) to develop their public policy advocacy and government relation skills.\r\n\r\n\u201cWith many decisions being made on the state and federal level that impact charitable giving, nonprofit organization\u2019s programs, and the well-being of our communities in West Virginia, the Policy Institute will provide ethical and effective practices and tips for nonprofits and foundations to use in their advocacy efforts,\u201d says Paul D. Daugherty, president and CEO of Philanthropy WV.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are excited to have the National Council of Nonprofits President & CEO Tim Delaney joining us as our featured speaker as he brings great experience and passion for helping small, medium and large nonprofits and foundations to take an active role in working with their elected leaders,\u201d adds Daugherty. \u201cAs many say, if you don\u2019t have a seat at the table in public policy then you are most likely on the table.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Policy Institute is focused to assist those nonprofit and foundation leaders whether they are beginners to experts in public policy and government relations. The program includes:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Opening Keynote: Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits\r\n\r\n\u2022 Ethical & Effective Public Policy Affairs Panel including representatives from business, labor, health, children and family programs, nonprofits and foundations\r\n\r\n\u2022 Breakout workshop sessions on: (A) Beginner Track: Where to begin? Policy Work and being effective, (B) Moderate Track: Creating your policy strategy to deliver results, and (C) Expert Track: From Advocacy to Action: Federal & State Policy passage\r\n\r\n\u2022 Invited Panel of West Virginia House & Senate Leadership along with media personalities to discuss \u201cLooking Forward to the 2015 Legislative Session\u201d\r\n\r\n\u2022 Presentation of Philanthropy WV and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association\u2019s 2015 Legislative Priorities\r\n\r\n\u201cOne in every ten jobs in West Virginia\u2019s workforce are in the nonprofit sector,\u201d notes West Virginia Nonprofit Association Executive Director Laura Lee Haddad. This is a large part of our workforce and economic base, resulting in tremendous work that impacts multiple sectors from community development to combating poverty to public health to education to arts and culture. The Institute is a way that you can enhance your public policy and government relation skills to advocate for your nonprofit, foundation, and most importantly the citizens and communities of West Virginia.\u201d\r\n\r\nSpace at the institute is limited. Registration is available by visiting: philanthropywv.org or wvnpa.org. The registration rate is $20 for Members of the two organizations or $40 for Non-Members. Deadline for Registrations is Wednesday, Dec. 3. A limited number of scholarships are available. Applications may be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.