Advocacy Defined

What Is Advocacy?


Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.

Bolder Advocacy

Promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so.

What Is Advocacy?

Advocacy can take many forms.  In simple terms, it means making the case for your cause or mission.  When we talk about advocacy for nonprofits, we usually mean making your case in a way that will change public policy to help your cause. That means reaching audiences in a position to help make those changes. Advocacy could be any one of a number of things from research and public education to lobbying elected officials and voter engagement. These activities are especially important when you want to make sure that underrepresented and vulnerable communities have a voice in decisions that affect them.

Why Advocacy?

Every nonprofit can and should get involved in advocacy to help advance its mission. Advocacy shapes the public debate about issues that affect nonprofits. It’s the number one way nonprofits can focus attention on the issues they care about, and bring about real change for the people they serve. With the right tools and information, you’ll see how you can make advocacy work for your organization and your community.

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The Trump Lawsuit: A Teachable Moment for Nonprofits

Toren Lewis | June 29, 2018
The Trump Foundation case highlights just how important it is for all nonprofits to fully understand what 501(c)(3)s can and cannot do in an election year.
The Trump Lawsuit: A Teachable Moment for Nonprofits

Justice Kennedy is retiring, now what?

Nikhil Pillai | June 28, 2018
Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court effective July 31, 2018. This will provide President Trump a second opportunity to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court, likely an ultra-conservative in the mold of Neil Gorsuch. As Supreme Court justices serve for life, every issue – reproductive rights, immigration, marriage equality, gun control, employment rights, education, criminal justice, the environment – is at stake. If you are a 501(c)(3) public charity, you can weigh in on and advocate for or against judicial nominees.
Justice Kennedy is retiring, now what?