Non-Profits and Advocacy Activities: Resources on What’s Okay and What’s Not
As public agencies contemplate collaborations with nonprofits, it may be helpful to keep in mind that nonprofits typically exist to make the world a better place. To do this, they sometimes engage in advocacy activities.
The following resources help local agencies understand the parameters under which nonprofits operate.
There’s an absolute prohibition against participating in candidate campaigns. For an overview on that prohibition that also explains what’s allowed see http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/article-29982.html
Alliance for Justice helps nonprofits pursue their respective missions of making the world a better place without running afoul of advocacy restrictions. Links to some of their resources include:
- 501(c)(3)s and lobbying: http://www.afj.org/assets/resources/nap/guidelines-for-501c3-public-charities-lobbying.pdf
- Ballot measure advocacy: http://www.afj.org/assets/resources/resource1/Ballot-Measures.pdf .
- General page with their resources on this topic: http://www.afj.org/for-nonprofits-foundations/resources-and-publications/about-advocacy-lobbying.html
Another resource: http://www.independentsector.org/charity_lobbying.