Lobbying Series Part 3 – Grassroots Lobbying
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In this episode, our third in our on-going lobbying series, we’ll focus on grassroots lobbying for public charities that have taken the 501(h) election.
Defining Grassroots Lobbying
- with the General Public(not a legislator or member of the organization)
- that Expresses a View about Specific Legislation
- and contains a Call to Action
There are 4 specific types of calls to action. A call to action must comprise one of the following actions:
- tell the recipient to contact a legislator;
- provide information on how the recipient can contact her legislator, such as providing the phone number or address;
- provide a mechanism for enabling the recipient to contact her legislator, such as a postcard, petition, or email form; or
- identify a legislator who will vote on the legislation as being opposed to or undecided about the organization’s view on the legislation, a member of a legislative committee who will vote on the legislation, or the recipient’s legislator.
Examples of Grassroots Lobbying
Examples of Non-Grassroots Lobbying
- Being a Player: A Guide to the IRS Lobbying Regulations for Advocacy Charities
- What is Advocacy?
- Worry-Free Lobbying For Nonprofits: How To Use The 501(h) Election To Maximize Effectiveness
- Public Charities Can Lobby: Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Public Charities (Factsheet)
- When Does Your Activity Become Lobbying? (Factsheet)
- Communicating With Your Members (Factsheet)
- 501(h) Lobbying Limit Calculator