|Policy & Advocacy|
Advocacy is legal, and needed.
Advocacy is an important part of the democratic process. The first amendment grants citizens the right to speak freely and to petition the government to redress grievances. Nonprofits have the right – and the duty – to advocate on behalf of causes, constituents, and communities.
Advocacy can accomplish aims that direct services alone cannot.
Used effectively, advocacy can bring attention to legislative gaps, address needed reforms, preserve nonprofit resources, and more.
What Is Advocacy?
Advocacy encompasses a wide range of activities designed to influence public opinion and policy. Examples include:
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What Is Lobbying?
Lobbying is a form of advocacy that attempts to influence specific legislation. Nonprofits can, and often should, lobby at all levels of government. Lobbying by 501(c)3 organizations is supported by the federal government through the 1976 Lobby Law and 1990 IRS regulations.
There are two forms of lobbying: