• ACT! and ACT!Quick Capacity Assessment & Strengthening Tools Now in Spanish

    In response to requests from many Spanish-speaking advocates, Bolder Advocacy’s most popular advocacy capacity assessment tools, ACT! and ACT!Quick, are now available in Spanish.

  • The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations

    Since it was first published in 1998, The Connection has provided nonprofits with guidance on how they can engage with the public, lawmakers and candidates to effect public policy, and how these organizations can coordinate together, even in an election year. This guide focuses on the role c4 organizations play in our democracy—as stand alone organizations but also in conjunction with affiliated c3s and with political organizations (PACs).

  • Advocacy Essentials: Reproductive Rights, Health, and Justice

    This publication, designed for reproductive rights, health, and justice groups, is a short overview of the laws and regulations that apply to 501(c)(3) public charities when they engage in lobbying and advocacy, including how to shape advocacy during an election time. This resource should be considered an overview of the rules that apply to advocacy.

  • OUR STORIES: The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

    At the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona we collaborate to achieve social, political and economic change that empowers women. A lot of people know us for our grantmaking. But we do much more than that.

Bolder Advocacy Blog

  • ACT! and ACT!Quick Capacity Assessment & Strengthening Tools Now in Spanish

    Posted by Bolder Advocacy on June 18, 2018

    In response to requests from many Spanish-speaking advocates, Bolder Advocacy’s most popular advocacy capacity assessment tools, ACT! and ACT!Quick, are now available in Spanish.

  • Advocacy Capacity Tools Get Even Better!

    Posted by Bolder Advocacy on June 18, 2018

    Soon, you can ACT! even better. We have made some changes—all of which take effect on the afternoon of June 18th.

  • ¡Las Herramientas de Capacidad de Abogacía Siguen Mejorando!

    Posted by Bolder Advocacy on June 18, 2018

    Pronto Ud. podrá “ACTuar” mejor! Hemos hecho unos cambios importantes que tendrán efecto en la tarde del 18 de junio.

  • Road to Change: Turning Energy into Action

    Posted by Sophie Slotnick on June 15, 2018

    The immense tragedy of the February 14th school Shooting in Parkland, Florida fueled a powerful student led movement, gaining international recognition. Anger towards lawmakers, voters, and the lack of change surrounding gun regulation led seniors at Stoneman Douglas High School to embark on a series of rallies across the country.

  • Advocacy training sounds like music to my ears

    Posted by Guest Blogger on June 5, 2018

    Regardless of whether your job title includes the word “policy” or “advocacy,” you and your organization can benefit a great deal from this course. Less than a day to learn how to better understand what you can and can’t do on an important issue and what it means for tax purposes? I’ll certainly advocate for that.

Advocacy In Action

Member Spotlight: Q and A with our AFJ member organization, the National Council of Jewish Women

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Stay connected with NCJW at www.ncjw.org, @NCJW or Facebook.com/NCJWInc.

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ACT! Update Coming Soon

We’re making some improvements to ACT! that impact the way ACT! is scored. This version will launch on June 18. While we’re excited about these changes, comparing scores between versions will be difficult. Unless you’d like to compare your scores with a previous time you’ve taken ACT!, we recommend waiting to take the new ACT!

Elections

Lobbying Flowchart

This graphic can help you determine if your communication is considered lobbying under federal tax law rules for electing 501(c)(3) organizations. It does not cover situations or communications that take place in a candidate election context.

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Thinking of Forming a 501(c)(4)? Start Here!

Bolder Advocacy offers a suite of resources for advocates who are considering forming a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. The materials were created by BA’s experts in conjunction with the Atlas Learning Project.

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