Showing posts tagged with: "Advocacy"

Bright Lines in the New Year . December 4, 2014

Last November the IRS issued a proposal regarding changes to the political activities of 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations. The initial proposal was ultimately withdrawn this year after receiving more than 160,000 public comments, including input from Nonprofit VOTE and its partners. Nonprofit VOTE’s comments made Adler & Colvin’s List... read more

After the Election: Engage with Elected Officials . November 19, 2014

The 2014 midterm is over. Nonprofits are done until the next election, right? Not even close. While one of the main goals of nonprofit voter engagement is community empowerment and helping people vote, it’s not the only priority. Nonprofit voter engagement benefits both nonprofits and the people we serve. (For specifics, see our Benefits of Voting... read more

Webinar Materials: Ballot Measure Advocacy . July 25, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits, is now available. Many thanks to Abby Levine of Bolder Advocacy for joining us. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio... read more

The 2014 Midterm and Your Nonprofit: Making it Count . July 21, 2014

The following appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Nonprofit Advantage, produced by the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. This fall, 33 Senators, 36 Governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives will be on ballots across the country. Already, 47 ballot questions are certified for spots on nineteen statewide ballots. There are lots... read more

July 24th Webinar: Ballot Measure Advocacy . July 16, 2014

Learn what your nonprofit can do to take a position for or against a ballot measure – or provide neutral information on both sides. Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday July 24th at 2:00pm Eastern Nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates, but they can take a stand on ballot measures. Ballot measure advocacy is... read more

Thursday’s Webinar: Ballot Measure Advocacy . July 23, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how your nonprofit can work for or against a ballot measure: Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday July 25th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternAlthough nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates, they can take a stand on... read more

Ballot Measures: What Nonprofits Can Do . October 23, 2012

On November 6th voters will decide the fate of 176 ballot measures in 38 states. They cover a range of issues including taxes and revenue, immigrant rights, public services, criminal justice, voter ID requirements, and same-sex marriage. While nonprofits cannot endorse or oppose candidates for office, they can engage their communities around ballot... read more

Homeless Does Not Mean Voteless . October 1, 2012

Image Source: AIGA GOTV Gallery Designer: Anthony AnayaIt’s National Homeless and Low-Income Voter Registration Week, an event sponsored by the The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) during each presidential election since 1992. NCH is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness,... read more

Test Your Advocacy Capacity! . July 23, 2012

Bolder Advocacy (Alliance for Justice) has a new Advocacy Capacity Tool to help nonprofits and foundations assess their ability to conduct advocacy. The online survey can provide insights and help make your advocacy more effective. Nonprofit voter engagement is a critical piece of your advocacy toolkit. Raising participation rates in your community... read more

Keeping Track of Your Nonprofit’s Advocacy . July 12, 2012

Bolder Advocacy (Alliance for Justice) recently released Keeping Track: A Guide to Recordkeeping for Advocacy Charities. The guide is designed to help nonprofit staff and board members track the lobbying activities of their organization and accurately report those activities to the IRS. The guide contains sample forms and multiple options for tracking... read more

Don’t Be Shy, Engage the Candidates! . April 30, 2012

This month we’re hosting two webinars! The first is the perfect opportunity to brainstorm ways to use ballot measures to educate your clients and further your public policy goals. Taking a Stand: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Thursday May 10th, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Many states put laws, constitutional amendments, and referendums on the... read more

Partner Spotlight: The Arc . March 21, 2012

We’re pleased to introduce our newest 2012 national partner, The Arc! The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. As a leader in disability rights, The Arc boasts more than 140,000 members and more than 700 state and local chapters. The... read more

Nonprofits Take Action on Budget Challenges . July 15, 2011

As state and federal budgets are tightened, nonprofits are being asked to shoulder a disproportionate share of cuts, while still being expected to maintain quality services. In response, many have stepped forward to advocate and lobby for their clients, their causes, and their funding. In addition to working with legislators, many nonprofits are recognizing... read more

July Webinar: How Nonprofits Can Work on Ballot Questions . July 11, 2011

In the spirit of American independence, join us for our July webinar on direct democracy. Laws on the Ballot: How Nonprofits Can Take a Stand on Ballot QuestionsThursday July 28th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternMany states put laws and constitutional amendments on the ballot, asking voters to make critical public policy decisions at the polls. Often, nonprofits... read more

Nonprofit Advocacy Impacts Southern States . May 17, 2011

A new study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy found that advocacy by nonprofit organizations in four Southern states brought more than $4.7 billion in benefits to low-wage workers, families, and other underserved populations. The study analyzed the impact of 20 advocacy and community organizing groups in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana,... read more

It’s National Letter-Writing Week! . January 7, 2011

In a world of email, text messages, Twitter, Facebook, and everything in between, sometimes the hand-written letter can get lost. But not this week, because tomorrow kicks off National Letter-Writing Week (January 8-14)! If you don’t have a pen pal, consider writing to one of your state legislators or your congressional representatives about an... read more

Arizona Nonprofit Fights Ballot Measure . December 20, 2010

Nonprofit organizations have played an increasingly important role in organizing supporters for and against ballot measures. In the most recent election, Southwest Human Development–Arizona’s largest nonprofit child development agency, serving children ages 0-5 and their families–turned their attention to Proposition 302, which aimed... read more