There are many rules that impact advocacy. Navigating them can be a little intimidating at first. But with the right knowledge and tools, you can get comfortable and confident with advocacy and help your organization achieve great things for the people and communities you represent.

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The third edition of our popular guide explains the different roles and functions of charities, social welfare organizations, PACs and other types of nonprofits.

We provide resources to help you better understand the rules of advocacy as they relate to influencing legislation, ballot measures, electoral activity, executive and administrative advocacy, and litigation. A majority of our resources provide an overview of federal law.  These resources apply to nonprofits working on policy at every level of government – federal, state and local.  Groups working at the state and local level may need to comply with additional rules as well. Therefore, we also offer a collection of state resources to help your organization navigate the rules that apply to you locally.

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Investing in Change: A Funder's Guide to Supporting Advocacy

This book is an indispensable guide for foundations in explaining the various roles they can play in the advocacy process. Investing in Change can serve as an in-depth guide to navigating the tax code surrounding support of public charities, or a quick reference guide to answer a specific question. ...

Administrative Advocacy: Influencing Rules, Regulations, and Executive Orders

Not all efforts to influence public policy meet the definition of lobbying, so 501(c)(3) organizations can play a significant advocacy role while still staying within their annual lobbying limits. This fact sheet outlines the types of decisions that are designed to influence federal, state and local agency rules (including school boards), executive orders, and regulations. ...

Nonprofits Can Influence the Budget Process

With budget cuts at the state and federal level showing no signs of slowing, it is vital that nonprofits speak up on behalf of their constituents and communities. This fact sheet offers tips on how your nonprofit can get involved in budget advocacy, and explains whether the organization would need to track each activity as lobbying against its lobbying limits. ...