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California Advocacy Resources

Heather Burke | July 30, 2018
Nonprofit organizations that engage in public policy advocacy in California may have reporting obligations under California’s Political Reform Act (PRA) and its implementing regulations. Take a look at our resources below to learn more about the PRA and its impact on nonprofit advocacy in California, particularly with respect to… Read More

Yes, Nonprofits, You Can Lobby

ldinapoli | April 8, 2014
Lobbying is not only a perfectly legal activity for 501(c)(3) groups to engage in -- it is extremely effective....

Public Foundations Can Lobby

ldinapoli | June 14, 2018
501(c)(3) public charities, including grantmaking public charities like community foundations and women’s foundations, can lobby within the generous limits allowed by federal law. How much lobbying the foundation can do depends upon which of the two standards the foundation uses to measure its lobbying – the “501(h) expenditure” test… Read More

501(c)(3) Public Charities and Ballot Measures

Heather Burke | July 28, 2018
501(c)(3) public charities may legally express positions on ballot initiatives, referenda, state constitutional amendments, city charter amendments, bond measures, and other policies put to a direct vote of the public (although they must be careful not to suggest support or opposition to any candidates for public office). Ballot measure advocacy… Read More

Bolder Advocacy Workshops
For Nonprofits and Foundations

Heather Burke | April 18, 2019
Bolder Advocacy has provided trainings to thousands of nonprofit organizations.  We work with nonprofit boards, staff, and volunteers to improve their understanding of the legal issues involved in influencing public policy advocacy so they can maximize their advocacy and election-related activities, learn what it takes to engage in effective advocacy,… Read More


Jessica Soforenko | June 3, 2019
As state lawmakers act with lightning speed to ban abortions, fierce and experienced advocates in the reproductive justi...

Making Election-Season “Money Moves” While Remaining Nonpartisan

Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort | January 15, 2020
Did you hear the news?!? Cardi B is in the headlines once again, but not for a new album. The rapper and songwriter reve...

Treasury IG’s Report Underscores Change in (c)(4) Filing Requirements

Tim Mooney | January 13, 2020
On January 6, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a report noting that 9,774 501(c)(4) organiza...

California Campaign Finance and Ballot Measure Guide Prepares Nonprofits for Civic Engagement in 2020

Heather Burke | January 8, 2020
2020 will be a banner year for nonprofits working on ballot measures in California. As of today, “Schools and Communit...

Taking a Stance on Articles of Impeachment and the Senate Trial

Tim Mooney | December 18, 2019
In October, I wrote a piece laying out the reasons why a 501(c)(3) public charity can take a stance on the impeachment o...