“Churches” (which is how the Internal Revenue Code describes all houses of worship, including churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques), as with all other public charities, can lobby. Federal tax law draws a distinction between activities intended to influence public policy, and campaigning for a specific candidate. Campaigning for a candidate is strictly prohibited, while influencing the passage of legislation is allowed. The fact sheet outlines how churches can influence legislation, involve parishioners in lobbying activities, and track their lobbying to ensure it stays within the limits allowed under the law.
For the latest in nonprofit and foundation news, available resources and upcoming workshops, sign up for our advocacy digest.
Ask an Expert
Give us a ring or send us a note - our coaches are here to answer your questions on advocacy.
Bolder Advocacy Blog
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.