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Best Practices for Successful League Operation
Read these guidelines from the LWVUS about bylaws, meeting requirements, nonpartisanship, leadership, membership and financial considerations.

Building an Effective Board
Leadership development suggestions from the LWVUS.

Membership & Leadership Development (MLD) Handbook
Extensive handbook developed by LWVUS

Webinar: Recruiting and Building Strong Boards
This session focused on the why and how of creating powerful boards, including how to apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to this process.

League Basics
An introduction to the League written by the LWVUS which provides an overview of governance, non-partisanship, finance, programming and positions, communication and membership. (Note: Although this document is now somewhat dated and some of the links no longer work, the principles remain the same)

League Lingo
A listing of terms and abbreviations frequently used within the League

Fundraising 101
A monograph on effective fundraising from the LWVUS

Education Fund
How the Education Fund operates, how to deposit donations, and how to request funds

Advocacy Vs Lobbying -LWVUS Whitepaper
A white paper from the LWVUS provides guidance

Exercising Our Power - Navigating c3 and c 4 organizations
A monograph from the LWVUS discussing functions and limits of 501c3 and 501c4 organizations (2019)



Other Organizations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (website)

Our Common Purpose
This publication is the final report of the bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. It includes 31 recommendations to strengthen America’s institutions and civic culture to help a nation in crisis emerge with a more resilient democracy. Fall 2020.





Non-Partisanship/Partnership Workshop
View as PDF or download the powerpoint slides from Melissa Currence's workshop - September 30, 2021.

PDF

Powerpoint
LWV Indiana

Bylaws-LWVIN

LWV Indiana Position Page

LWVIN Nonpartisanship Policy - July 2019

The League takes action on governmental measures and policies in the public interest. However, it shall not support or oppose any political party or candidate.  Members should read this policy carefully.

LWVIN Leadership Discussions Forum
To enable discussions among local League presidents and LWVIN co-presidents




LWV United States  lwv.org



LWVUS Impact on Issues 2020-2022 
A Guide to Public Policy Positions from the national League

Talking points
Language and best practices state and local Leagues are encouraged to use for public outreach when working on LWVUS priority issues.

ERA Toolkit
The toolkit includes an updated ERA action alert template for state Leagues to circulate to their members, as well as template letters Leagues can use to urge their senators to act.






Congressional Interview Guide and Materials - January 2021
The League is releasing our revamped congressional interview program: Rep the League! The start of the 117th Congress this January provides League advocates with an extra opportunity to connect with freshman and returning lawmakers.


Other Issue Tools In Depth 
From advancing health care to protecting the environment, voters care about many issues. Use these tools to promote our goals of social and economic justice as well as the health and safety of all Americans.

Policies and Guidelines
Tools to assist Leagues in understanding operating procedures, onboarding new leadership, and implementing new processes.


Fundraising
View guidance from the LWVUS

10 steps to Establishing a Fundraising Program

Fundraising Training Modules





Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
View guidance from the LWVUS


DEI Policy

DEI Guide


Bylaws

Bylaws - LWV United States

    




Board Development Videos 

This three-part training series from LWVUS reviews how boards can most effectively conduct their work and better understand their roles. It’s intended for both newly elected and experienced board members of state and local Leagues

Presented by nonprofit management coach Marla Weston (2021)
Weston Consulting LLC



Serving on a Board of Directors: Governing Well


High Performing Board of Directors: Working Together


Creating a Powerful Board-Staff Partnership



Program planning is the grassroots process of recommending and selecting governmental issues for study and agreement in reaching a position.

During January and February 2022, local and state Leagues will conduct program planning and make program recommendations in a general membership meeting or a board meeting.

Leagues are also asked to share information on how their work will impact the Campaign for Making Democracy Work® as well as identify LWVUS positions that they intend to use in education and lobbying. This is a hallmark of the League of Women Voters grassroots’ role in study and action.

See more on the LWVUS Website


LWVUS presented a Program Planning Webinar on January 12, 2022

View the slides as pdf's
Download the powerpoint presentation