Advocacy and Lobbying 101: Legal Tips for 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Advocates
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501 Common’s annual nonprofit advocacy training workshop returns on Thursday, Jan. 25 online. In a big election year, these sessions are a “must-do” for executives, community organizers, policy staff, and board members.
501(c)(3)s play an important role in educating the public about policy issues and actions taken by elected officials, including the President. Elected officials vote on bills, make public statements and executive decisions, and set the course for public policy on a wide range of issues. These actions may be consistent with or conflict with a nonprofit’s position on an issue. After this workshop you will have a clear understanding of how to maximize your advocacy, the kinds of advocacy activities 501(c)(3)s can engage in, and when an act of communication is considered lobbying.
Participants will learn:
- How federal tax law permits lobbying for charities and how lobbying is defined.
- One easy step most charities can take to maximize the amount they’re allowed to spend on lobbying.
- Yearly lobbying limits for charities.
- Tips for taking advantage of the narrow definitions of lobbying – which will help charities make the most of their lobbying limit.
- The application of these rules to ballot measure activities.
About our trainer
Quyen Tu is the Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice. She is a long-time active member of the American Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association.
About Alliance for Justice / Bolder Advocacy: Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society. AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy is the leading expert on the legal framework for nonprofit advocacy efforts, providing definitive information, resources, and technical assistance that encourages organizations and their funding partners to fully exercise their rights to be active participants in the democratic process. By decoding and demystifying advocacy rules, Bolder Advocacy gives nonprofits and foundations the confidence to assertively advocate for community change.
This event is a part of the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiatives.
Have questions? Contact 501 Commons by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.