WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2018 – Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program is excited to announce that its most popular advocacy capacity assessment tools, ACT! and ACT!Quick, are now available in Spanish. ACT! and ACT!Quick are free tools that help nonprofits and other grassroots organizations become more effective advocates for their causes by taking a snapshot of their advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices. The tools help groups understand what advocacy they’re ready to do right now, where they need to increase collaboration, and how they want to build their organization’s advocacy strengths. Both are available online on the Bolder Advocacy website: ACT! and ACT! Quick.

June 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., 19 de junio, 2018 – El programa Bolder Advocacy de la Alianza por la Justicia se complace en anunciar que sus herramientas de evaluación de capacidad de abogacía más populares, ACT! y ACT!Quick, ahora están disponibles en español. ACT! y ACT!Quick son herramientas gratuitas que ayudan a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y otras organizaciones de base en abogar por sus causas de manera más eficaz, ofreciendo una instantánea de sus habilidades, conocimiento y prácticas de abogacía. Estas herramientas ayudan a los grupos entender cuáles tipos de abogacía pueden hacer en este momento, en cuales áreas necesitan aumentar su colaboración, y como quieren desarrollar sus fortalezas organizativas de la promoción y defensa de causas. Ambas herramientas están disponibles en el sitio web de Bolder Advocacy: ACT! y ACT! Quick.

“Varias veces nos han pedido una versión de nuestras herramientas de la capacidad de abogacía en español, entonces esto representa un paso fantástico para Bolder Advocacy”, dijo Abby Levine, Directora de Bolder Advocacy. (“Bolder Advocacy” se traduce libremente como “La Defensa y Promoción de Causas Más Audaz.”) “Ahora mismo, las organizaciones sin fines de lucro y grupos de base están mostrando mucho interés en ser promotores y defensores de causas más audaces, sea negociando con un legislador elegido en persona o animando a otros a contactar a sus legisladores, apoyando u oponiéndose a medidas electorales o promoviendo el voto. Necesitan herramientas para avanzar de forma eficaz, que incluye haciendo un análisis instantáneo de sus fortalezas y carencias.”

“Las versiones en inglés de ACT! y ACT!Quick han sido utilizados por miles de promotores y defensores de causas, financiadores y evaluadores por toda la nación,” agregó Sue Hoechstetter, Asesora Principal de Abogacía de Fundaciones y Evaluación. “Estamos entusiasmados por ofrecer estas herramientas a la comunidad hispanohablante, y Bolder Advocacy espera ofrecer más recursos en español en adelante para tazar su capacidad.”

Además de las versiones en español de ACT! y ACT!Quick, Bolder Advocacy ofrece seminarios virtuales y capacitaciones en persona en español para organizaciones sin fines de lucro por todo el país. También, Bolder Advocacy provee asistencia técnica gratuita en español por teléfono, correo electrónico y en persona. Se puede contactar al departamento de asistencia técnica de Bolder Advocacy en español o inglés al [email protected] o 866-675-6229. El sitio de web de Bolder Advocacy ofrece varios recursos adicionales en español aquí.

June 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2018  – Following the announcement that the New York Attorney General has sued President Donald Trump and his children, alleging misuse of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Trump Foundation for political purposes, Bolder Advocacy Director Abby Levine released the following statement:

“The serious allegations that there was self-dealing by the Donald J. Trump Foundation and that the Trump campaign was controlling Foundation disbursements during the 2016 presidential campaign should highlight the importance of nonprofit organizations understanding how to further their missions while complying with the law. For all of Donald Trump’s promises to ‘destroy’ the Johnson Amendment, he should appreciate that 501(c)(3) organizations, including private foundations, cannot support or oppose candidates. Bolder Advocacy will be watching this case closely as it addresses critical questions about what is permissible for 501(c)(3) organizations.”

Read brief highlights of the Attorney General’s referral letter and complaint here.

June 14, 2018

Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program is excited to announce the fourth edition of “The Connection: Strategies for Creating and Operating 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s and Political Organizations,” its comprehensive guide for nonprofits that want to engage in assertive advocacy for their causes while staying in compliance with tax and campaign finance rules. This fourth edition of the guide is especially timely, as it sets out how 501(c)(4)s and political organizations can get involved in the upcoming midterm elections.

May 3, 2018
The biggest impact of this tax bill for nonprofits is likely to be the increase in the standard deduction, because that increase is projected to result in far fewer taxpayers itemizing their returns. While it’s important to note that contributions to 501(c)(3) nonprofits will still be tax-deductible, taxpayers only get the deduction if they itemize. Taxpayers might decide not to donate to 501(c)(3)s if they aren’t going to itemize and get the tax break for their donations — and that means 501(c)(3)s could see a drop in their income, perhaps a significant one.

December 20, 2017

This is great news for smaller charities and for charities that are directly engaged in helping the city’s neediest residents. While more transparency in lobbying is an important goal, it’s equally important that well-intentioned measures aimed at achieving that goal don’t crush the efforts of small nonprofits providing vital services to their communities. Many of those organizations would face enormous obstacles in continuing their work if they were hit with onerous new rules.

December 20, 2017

We are pleased to see that this proposed tax legislation does not include the ill-constructed measure to repeal the Johnson Amendment that was included in the original House version. The language in the House bill that would have opened new avenues to political activity for 501(c)(3)s, including churches, was poorly and confusingly drafted and would have vastly complicated the tax landscape. At the same time, many 501(c)(3) nonprofits may feel the effects of this bill on their bottom line.

December 15, 2017

As Congress hammers out a tax reform bill, nonprofits must prepare for possible impacts from several provisions under consideration, according to attorneys with Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy program. Bolder Advocacy has prepared a quick fact sheet highlighting some of the more salient proposals in draft tax bills, and stands ready to help guide nonprofits in navigating any new rules that may emerge.

December 8, 2017

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, consisting of Judges Rawlinson, Bybee, and Mendoza, Jr, heard oral arguments in Parks Foundation v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The case revolves around radio ads placed by a private foundation, the Parks Foundation, and has significant implications for such policy-influencing activities of private foundations and public charities, especially regarding ballot measures. On January 31, 2017, Alliance for Justice and the Council on Foundations filed a joint amicus brief in the case.

November 13, 2017

Today U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” A portion of this legislation addresses the Johnson Amendment. Alliance for Justice opposes this legislation.

November 2, 2017
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