1. Background

Frequently Asked Questions for Annual Meeting

Online | November 14-17, 2020

By Annie Chiorazzi


See registration rates, logistics, and more.


Frequently Asked Question Topics: Registration | Why online? | Techology | Cost | Financial Aid | Early Bird Registration | Pay by Check | Cancellations/Refunds | Lobbying

How do I register?

You can register for the whole four days (lobbying and business sessions) or just the lobbying.

Online registration closes Wednesday, November 11 at midnight EST so that we may assign worship sharing groups and break out rooms.

Why is Annual Meeting moving online this year?

In a time when we must practice social distancing to protect the well-being of our neighbors, we are finding creative, new ways to connect. This decision was challenging but also joyful, as the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, the Executive Committee and staff considered the opportunities a virtual gathering will bring.

By meeting online we can make the event accessible to a wider group of Friends and FCNL supporters . And the timing couldn't be better. We will gather just two weeks after one of the most pivotal elections of our lifetimes. Because of the tools and expertise FCNL has to organize telephone and video lobby visits, we are uniquely poised to make an impact.

What technology will I need to have access to in order to participate?

The event will take place over Zoom, which you can download for free. If you have not joined a Zoom meeting before and are using Zoom from a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you need to download the Zoom app first. If you have not joined a call before, here’s a video from Zoom to show you how.

If you have a computer with a camera, we recommend joining us by computer. You may also join by tablet or smartphone, or participate by calling in for audio-only.

How much does registration cost?

We ask that you pay as you are led to attend Annual Meeting and the Quaker Public Policy Institute, keeping in mind your expected participation, your available resources, and the value of this event to you. We suggest a registration fee of $75 for the full event or $50 for the Quaker Public Policy Institute only, knowing some may be able to contribute more and some less or nothing at all.

While a virtual meeting is less costly than an in-person gathering, it still takes significant resources to organize this event and adapt it to an online format. The financial support we can offer one another continues to be essential. We trust that each person will contribute as they are led and able to support the FCNL community.

Especially in this extraordinary year, we understand that some Friends may be unable to pay anything to attend. The event is still open to you. Nobody is required to pay or asked to apply for financial assistance this year.

Registration is free for the Advocacy Team Summit, which will take place on Friday, November 13.

Do you offer financial assistance?

This year we are offering waived registration to anyone who needs it without requiring an application for financial aid. Please find more on this above.

Is there early bird rate?

Suggested registration fees do not change based on when you register. We do ask that you register by Wednesday, November 11.

May I pay by check?

Yes. Please complete the first step of the registration process, fill out the information (except payment) on the second step and select the “pay by check” option. Print the form and mail it with your check to:

FCNL, Attn: Annie Chiorazzi
245 Second Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

In the memo line please write “Annual Meeting Registration” and whose registration fee you are paying for.

What is the schedule?

You can find the most up to date schedule for the event on our Annual Meeting page. As we finalize more details, they will be regularly posted to the event page.

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

We will be accepting cancellations with full registration refunds until Friday, November 13. We will not be offering refunds on registration after that date. To cancel your registration, please contact annie@fcnl.org.

I have a question about lobbying (scheduling, preparation, content, or otherwise).

Background Lobbying at Annual Meeting 

November 14-17, 2020

This year our practice of fierce love must include lobbying Congress for strong action to address police murder, the militarization of the police, and legislation that could begin to transform the practice of policing in this country. But Congress won’t act unless they hear our voices.

Lobby questions can be directed to Justin Hurdle at 202-465-7565 or jhurdle@fcnl.org.

Justin Hurdle

  • Organizing Data Strategist

Justin Hurdle is a member of the strategic advocacy team, working closely with FCNL’s communications and data teams. Justin is focused on moving Friends who are already engaged in digital advocacy to become active off-line advocates lobbying their elected leaders on FCNL’s legislative priorities.

Logistic questions can can be directed to Annie Chiorazzi at 202-903-2526 or annie@fcnl.org.

Annie Chiorazzi

  • Senior Manager, Events and Programming

Annie Chiorazzi organizes and executes FCNL’s major events, including the Quaker Public Policy Institute, Annual Meeting, and Spring Lobby Weekend as well as other virtual events and webinars.