• 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.

  • ACT!Quick Advocacy Capacity Tool Now Available in Spanish!

    ACT!Quick helps nonprofits and other grassroots organizations become more effective advocates for their causes by taking a snapshot of their advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices.

    ACT!Quick ayuda a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y otras organizaciones de base ser más eficaces en su defensa y promoción de causas, porque saca una instantánea de sus habilidades, conocimiento y prácticas.

  • 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

  • AFJ’s Texas Office Announces New Local Lobbying Resources

    Posted by Natalie Ossenfort on March 30, 2018

    Does your organization work to impact public policy in Texas? These fact sheets are some of the latest additions to Bolder Advocacy’s extensive library of state and local law resources.

  • ​Join us March 16 for a Bolder Advocacy Facebook Live event on election year advocacy

    Posted by Susan Rhea on March 14, 2018

    We’re a few months into an election year, and campaigns are already heating up. If you’re like many nonprofit professionals, you’re wondering if and how your organization can weigh in this year.

  • New Advocacy Resource for Coalitions

    Posted by Ronnie Pawelko on March 6, 2018

    Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program is pleased to release our new guide, Advocacy Resource: Coalition Checklist. Working in coalition is a cost-effective way for groups to create lasting change and achieve common goals, yet questions often arise about how to do so effectively.

  • Wondering what is OK to put in advocacy evaluation reports to funders?

    Posted by Susan Rhea on March 5, 2018

    Evaluating nonprofit advocacy work to influence policy often raises questions for nonprofits. It’s important to get credit for the advocacy work that’s been done, but no one wants to raise flags about lobbying and other activities that might make funders or nonprofit board members nervous.

  • The State of the Union and You

    Posted by Abby Levine on January 30, 2018

    Thinking about watching tonight’s State of the Union and wondering whether and how your organization can respond? If the President mentions an issue core to your mission, can you comment? The answer is YES: 501(c)(3) organizations may speak out and hold government officials accountable for their actions.

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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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.

Advocacy in Action

The Connection

The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and Political Organizations explains the different roles and functions of charities, social welfare organizations, PACs and other types of nonprofits.

Advocacy in Action

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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Our commitment to supporting nonprofits and foundations does not stop at providing resources on the law. When an organization’s ability to do its work and speak out for its communities and constituents is threatened or can be expanded, Alliance for Justice gets involved.

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