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Bolder & Wiser: Nonprofit Advocacy Rights (Part 1 - Lobbying & Advocacy)

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Join Win/Win and 501 Commons for a Day of Practical Workshops about Nonprofit Advocacy Rights and Responsibilities. This intensive day-long training series is designed as both a crash course for newer nonprofit advocates and a refresher for seasoned veterans. The day includes three workshops, as well as interactive activities to apply these concepts to your organization’s public policy work.

Thank you to the Campion Advocacy Fund for support of this session.

Register separately for the morning and afternoon sessions.

Morning Sessions

1. Worry-Free Lobbying: Legal Tips for Nonprofits

Now more than ever, your community is relying on you to stand up for them. If you think your 501(c)(3) public charity status prevents you from advocating for new laws and policies, think again! You can legally advocate for public policy and community change at every level of government. After this workshop, you’ll have a clear understanding of:

  • Your 501(c)(3) organization’s right to lobby;
  • What does and doesn’t count as lobbying;
  • Your annual lobbying limit; and
  • How to make the most of your organization’s lobbying power.

2. Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times

You know your 501(c)(3) organization is supposed to stay nonpartisan, but are you allowed to praise a politician who champions your issues? Can you criticize the policy decisions of someone running for re-election? Although 501(c)(3) organizations cannot support or oppose candidates for public office, you can still engage in public policy activism, as long as you understand the guidelines. This workshop covers the federal tax law rules about nonpartisan activities for 501(c)(3)s, including how to:

  • Advocate for your organization and your community in a nonpartisan way;
  • Safely educate the public about the candidates and the issues at stake;
  • Wisely engage your community in voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts; and
  • Weigh the risk factors when creating and sharing public policy communications, especially social media.

3. Lunch and Networking

Continue the conversation with your colleagues over lunch provided by 501 Commons (included in your ticket price).

Interested in learning more? Register for our afternoon session on Coalitions and Affiliated 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(4) Organizations.


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.

About Sara Matlin

As the Bilingual Counsel with the Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative in Oakland, CA, Sara Matlin empowers Spanish- and English-speaking nonprofit organizations and funders to become more courageous leaders in policy change movements. Sara graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University and J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is the chair of the ACLU of Northern California – North Peninsula Chapter and a founder of the San Mateo County Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Sara began her career in policy change advocacy in 1988. She enjoys using her community organizing experience, along with her Spanish/English bilingualism, to broaden the advocacy work of social justice organizations across the country.




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