Advocacy & Lobbying

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Advocacy & Lobbying

Advance your cause and mission by educating government officials, organizing community support, and influencing public policy.

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What You Need To Know: A Board Member’s Guide to Common Questions About Advocacy
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What You Need To Know: A Board Member’s Guide to Common Questions About Advocacy is a 13-page presentation that answers important questions about what advocacy is, who should be doing it, why it’s important, and how to follow the rules depending on what type of organization you represent.

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Fast Facts about Advocacy & Lobbying

Advocacy
Advocacy is a broad term covering a range of activities that seek to bring about systemic social change. Advocacy often seeks to address the root causes, as well as the symptoms, of social and economic problems. Advocacy by 501 (c)(3) organizations may include community organizing, public policy and lobbying, litigation, or nonpartisan voter engagement.

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Bolder Advocacy Initiative
Tools and training to help your organization be a more effective advocate from the Alliance for Justice

The Bolder Advocacy initiative from Alliance for Justice, a leading expert in nonprofit advocacy law, offers tools and training to help your organization be a more effective advocate.

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Everyday Advocacy
All the tools and information you need

The National Council of Nonprofits offers comprehensive information on nonprofit advocacy and lobbying including:

  • Why & the basics
  • Proof that it works
  • Your policy maps & tools
  • Proof that it’s legal
  • Resources
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501(c)(3)s and Campaign Activity: Analysis Under Tax and Campaign Finance Laws
A basic primer for nonprofits from the Congressional Research Service

NPQ Newswire points out this report “501(c)(3)s and Campaign Activity: Analysis Under Tax and Campaign Finance Laws,” from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on nonprofits and political campaign activity. It provides a nice overview of the current law and practices, although it does not necessarily break any new ground, nor provide an analysis that strays significantly from conventional wisdom. Still, it is a good basic primer on the issues if you are needing a refresher.

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California Local Lobbying
California City, County and Special District Local Lobby Ordinances

In addition to complying with federal tax law and California state law regarding lobbying activities, organizations must know that certain cities, counties and special districts have separatelaws regulating lobbying activities.

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CalNonprofits
California Association of Nonprofits

CalNonprofits helps build a unified voice for the sector, tracks and analyzes state and federal legislation, and offers members only Monthly Legislative Briefing Call Updates.

Jennifer Fearing
CalNonprofits Sacramento Advocate
(800) 776-4226

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Vote with Your Mission
Nonprofits are led by ideals and values for changing the world. Vote with the ideals and values that lead you.

Vote with Your Mission is a nonpartisan campaign to have 100% of eligible nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers vote.

The Nonprofit Resource Center is participating as a co-sponsor and encouraging nonprofits in California to sign on to the Vote with Your Mission campaign!

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