The 2023 theme for Maryland Nonprofit’s annual legislative preview event is These are the Days of Miracles and Wonder.
County leaders and professional staff will take interest in the annual legislative preview for Maryland nonprofits and partner organizations. The 2023 event, which is virtual, will take place on Monday, January 9, from 9 am – 1 pm, and is themed as “These are the Days of Miracles and Wonder.”
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Whether your organization is new to advocacy or a long-time advocacy leader in the sector, this must-attend event will help younavigate a legislative session that could lead to critical new funding for your mission. A new governor, new cabinet secretaries, a hugestate budget surplus, and new legislative power to make changes to the budget are promising a legislative session filled withopportunities for nonprofits and equitable public policy.
The Maryland Nonprofits Legislative Preview, co-hosted with Maryland Philanthropy Network, is your opportunity to learn what othernonprofits will be working on, how the legislature will function, how you can be an effective advocate in the coming year, and how toaccess opportunities for your organization. During this virtual convening, you will hear from public officials, the incoming administration, and leading nonprofit advocates.
The legislative preview will include hands-on break out sessions, including one from MACo partner organization Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY). During MARFY’s Child Welfare Issues breakout session, Delegate Kirill Reznik will discuss his Hospital Overstays Bill and Delegate Mike Griffith will lead a robust conversation regarding the critical need for Foster Parents and systemic issues.
Earlier this year, MACo partnered with MARFY on efforts to increase engagement in and support for early childhood learning and development. Through a partnership with the National Association of Counties Research Foundation (NACoRF), MACo and MARFY collaborated in the Peer Learning Community of State Associations of Counties on Prenatal-to-Three (PN-3).
The PN-3 program provides opportunities for MARFY and MACo to engage with other state associations around this important issue and help increase coordination among state and local policy, programs, and systems serving families with young children from prenatal to age three. Participants will explore approaches for developing content and facilitating PN-3 policy discussions, with the overarching goal of developing effective strategies for engaging state and county leaders and stakeholders on local interests and needs regarding PN-3 efforts.