Advocacy & Lobbying

Overview

Advocacy & Lobbying

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

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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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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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What You Need To Know: A Board Member’s Guide to Common Questions About Advocacy
Free from BoardSource

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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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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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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