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Advocacy is a Must for All Nonprofits and Board Members

Posted Aug 08, 2018 08:55 AM
In early August, 75+ people attended a workshop with Toren Lewis from the Alliance for Justice on the rules governing nonprofits being engaged in advocacy. The big takeaway was simple: Nonprofits and board members can and should advocate for the causes that matter most to them.

The workshop was organized by Asian Counseling & Referral Services, Win/Win Network, and 501 Commons, an Alliance for Justice member. Campion Advocacy Fund sponsored the all-day training that was presented by AFJ's Bolder Advocacy.

The training emphasized that there is much a nonprofit can do to advocate effectively, while still following the rules and reporting requirements. All nonprofits - and their board members - should be engaged in advocating for their mission and the people they serve.

Check out the new edition of Alliance for Justice’s in-depth publication, The Connections: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations and the resources below.

State Law Resources for Washington State:

Lobbying and Advocacy 101:

Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times:

Collaboration between 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(4)s

On November 8 we'll be hosting a 3-hour Board Training workshop on the topic of advocacy. Board Members: Are You Ready to Stand For Your Mission? is from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Pacific Tower. Board members and executives are invited to learn about the value of board advocacy, the rules of the road, how small steps can lead to big results, and how to work effectively with policy-makers.

Sign up for the 501 Commons monthly e-newsletter Nexus to get notices of the next workshop on advocacy, as well as other training/learning opportunities offered by us and our partners.