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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
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Some Do’s and Don’ts for c3s Weighing in on the Supreme Court Vacancy

Ryann Alonso | September 23, 2020
Weighing in on Supreme Court Nominees 501(c)(3) public charities are legally allowed to influence the Senate confirmation of a Supreme Court justice. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has recognized that influencing the confirmation of federal judges is exactly like influencing any other legislative vote through lobbying. “Because the Senate’s action… Read More

Advocating on Judicial Nominations

Jasmine Newman | September 23, 2020
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/rulesofthegame/ROTG-Judicial-Nominations.mp3   We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the greatest jurists of our lifetime. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for a just and free society, as an advocate, an attorney and a Supreme Court Justice. She is irreplaceable, but someone… 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

What Nonprofits Can Do in a Contested Election

Tim Mooney | October 22, 2020
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about a contested election....

Unauthorized Ballot Boxes and Ballot Collection in California

Nona RandoisQuyen Tu | October 21, 2020
In the past week, news reports have surfaced that unofficial ballot drop boxes were placed in Fresno, Los Angeles, Orang...

Election Days Advocacy

Quyen Tu | October 19, 2020
Voting is not just happening on November 3, 2020; in many states, it is happening right now as you are reading this. Non...

Don’t take the right to vote for granted

Abby LevineQuyen Tu | October 8, 2020
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