As a follow-up to its 2007 Listening Post Project (LPP), Johns Hopkins University convened a second LPP in April 2009.

This second project explored the details and realities of nonprofit involvement in the policy process in greater depth, to identify steps that might be taken to help boost the scope, scale, and effectiveness of nonprofit advocacy, and to consider how a changed political climate may be affecting nonprofit advocacy experts.

Representatives of nonprofit intermediary organizations, and practitioners from nonprofit service organizations of different sizes and fields to share their experiences and ideas for improved policy engagement.

This report summarizes the major findings that emerged from the session, identifies common experiences and needs from the field, and proposes strategies that could help to strengthen the role and effectiveness of the sector in the policy arena.

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