• Justice Kennedy is retiring, now what?

    Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court effective July 31, 2018. This will provide President Trump a second opportunity to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court, likely an ultra-conservative in the mold of Neil Gorsuch. As Supreme Court justices serve for life, every issue – reproductive rights, immigration, marriage equality, gun control, employment rights, education, criminal justice, the environment – is at stake. If you are a 501(c)(3) public charity, you can weigh in on and advocate for or against judicial nominees.

  • ACT! and ACT!Quick Capacity Assessment & Strengthening Tools Now in Spanish

    In response to requests from many Spanish-speaking advocates, Bolder Advocacy’s most popular advocacy capacity assessment tools, ACT! and ACT!Quick, are now available in Spanish.

  • The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations

    Since it was first published in 1998, The Connection has provided nonprofits with guidance on how they can engage with the public, lawmakers and candidates to effect public policy, and how these organizations can coordinate together, even in an election year. This guide focuses on the role c4 organizations play in our democracy—as stand alone organizations but also in conjunction with affiliated c3s and with political organizations (PACs).

  • Advocacy Essentials: Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

    This publication, designed for reproductive rights, health, and justice groups, is a short overview of the laws and regulations that apply to 501(c)(3) public charities when they engage in lobbying and advocacy, including how to shape advocacy during an election time. This resource should be considered an overview of the rules that apply to advocacy.

  • OUR STORIES: The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

    At the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona we collaborate to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women. A lot of people know us for our grantmaking. But we do much more than that.

Bolder Advocacy Blog

  • It is Not too Late to Fight Back Against the Trump Administration’s Gag Rule

    Posted by Ronnie Pawelko on July 16, 2018

    While fighting against the nomination of anti-choice nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, don’t lose focus on another battle: a new gag rule for Title X family planning programs.

  • AFJ joins Amicus Brief

    Posted by Ronnie Pawelko on July 13, 2018

    Alliance for Justice has joined the Institute for Free Speech and the Philanthropy Roundtable on an amicus brief in support of a challenge to an overly vague and burdensome New York State disclosure law.

  • 501(c)(3)s Have a Role to Play in Getting Out the Vote

    Posted by Tihitina Dagnachew on July 13, 2018

    It’s important to know 501(c)(3)s can and should play an important role in getting people to the polls when critical issues are at stake.  Although 501(c)(3)s cannot tell people who to support or vote for, they can encourage people to go out and vote.

  • Despair, Then ACT! We’ll Help

    Posted by Sue_Hoechstetter on July 9, 2018

    At Bolder Advocacy we specialize in helping groups “make some noise.” Please see our resources for conducting advocacy within the legal rules as well as our advocacy capacity and community organizing tools for assessing and building organizational strength and effectiveness.

  • The Trump Lawsuit: A Teachable Moment for Nonprofits

    Posted by Toren Lewis on June 29, 2018

    The Trump Foundation case highlights just how important it is for all nonprofits to fully understand what 501(c)(3)s can and cannot do in an election year.

Advocacy In Action

Member Spotlight: Q and A with our AFJ member organization, the National Council of Jewish Women

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Stay connected with NCJW at www.ncjw.org, @NCJW or Facebook.com/NCJWInc.

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This graphic can help you determine if your communication is considered lobbying under federal tax law rules for electing 501(c)(3) organizations. It does not cover situations or communications that take place in a candidate election context.

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Thinking of Forming a 501(c)(4)? Start Here!

Bolder Advocacy offers a suite of resources for advocates who are considering forming a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. The materials were created by BA’s experts in conjunction with the Atlas Learning Project.

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