Los Angeles, Calif. (PRWEB) August 13, 2009
Yes, it really is "time for a change" in how lobbying is done in Washington. An experienced team has launched a new kind of organizational capacity building company, called LobbyingU. LobbyingU teaches organizations how to lobby for their own group to secure funding or gain national awareness or change a law or a regulation that affects their organization or community.
LobbyingU helps organizations directly, and cost-effectively, lobby for themselves and in doing so assure that their focus is on common interests, transparency and inclusivity. For organizations that have not previously considered lobbying for appropriation funds or issue advocacy, lobbying government and elected officials is an opportunity to compete for billions of dollars appropriated by congress each year.
Washington lobbyists have not always had a reputation for good deeds, community service and social welfare. As such, professional lobbyists have gotten an increasingly bad rap, sometimes deserved, as power mongering, back room manipulating, special interest focused, and worse. LobbyingU has an intention to shift that paradigm. As Stephen Jacobs, founder of LobbyingU states "Any appropriation I seek for my clients should be one that I would personally, and gladly, want to support with my own tax dollars. Any advocacy position I lobby for should be one that my children and grandchildren would be proud."
"Lobbying is a constitutional right to petition the government. The process of lobbying is the fundamental distinction of a participatory democracy. While at time we may take issue with the lobbyist, the opportunity to lobby is democracy in action," says Jacobs.
Each year Congress legislates funding for community service, social welfare, health care, education and training, leadership development, skills training, faith-based initiatives, and other projects are as numerous as are the needs of communities across the nation. Current examples range from multi-million dollars funding initiatives to several hundred thousand dollars.
For example, a street youth service in San Francisco this year has an appropriation of $300,000 for homeless and runaway youth services; a Latino health access program in Santa Ana, California, has an appropriation of $150,000 for a youth obesity prevention program; a community house in Newark, New Jersey, has an appropriation of $300,000 to provide multicultural psychotherapeutic interventions for child victims of sexual abuse; a Jewish Community Council in New York has an appropriation of $300,000 for Holocaust survivor support services; a faith-based Children's Home and Family Services center in Brooklyn, was awarded $500,000 to provide inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment services; and, a city Junior Tennis League, for a childhood obesity program for high-risk youth from low-income families, $250,000.
Although it may seem unachievable for "ordinary" citizens or groups, lobbying is actually not that hard to learn to do.
Jacobs, a long-time community activist and lobbyist, explains: "Today, the most powerful and cost-effective way to lobby for your organization's cause is to "do-it-yourself" directly, honestly, and with integrity. Put simply, you can be your own best lobbyist. You can skip the middleman and do the job yourself. What it takes is one person spending a couple of hours a week devoted to advocating your organization's mission and specific project funding or policy goals."
LobbyingU's goal is to de-mystify and de-myth-ify the process so that organizations can represent themselves in the Nation's Capitol, creating opportunities and solving problems by devising and implementing effective, creative strategies to achieve funding success in today's political environment. Learn more at http:/http://www.lobbyingU.com