Advocacy can take many forms. In simple terms, it can mean making the case for your cause or mission. But it can be any one of a number of things, from research and public education to lobbying elected officials and voter engagement. It can be a powerful tool when serving underrepresented communities and can be done well and in compliance with IRS regulations. For any agency interested in engaging in advocacy to support and advance their mission, we suggest the following resources:
Bolder Advocacy equips nonprofits with the knowledge they need to be confident and powerful advocates. Their staff attorneys conduct workshops and trainings around the country and one-on-one technical assistance by phone and email. Their coaching helps nonprofit leaders become stronger advocates for their missions and empowers them to speak up.
Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil mental health, women’s, children’s and consumer advocacy organizations working to advance justice for all Americans. Offers free resources and information on how nonprofits can lobby.
California Legislative Information is a website with the most up-to-date information on bills working their way through the California Legislature.
Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofits is a report on the economic impact of California’s nonprofit sector including the relationship between government and nonprofits, disparities within the sector, nonprofits as an economic driver and major employer.
Independent Sector is the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world. Our nonpartisan coalition of approximately 600 organizations leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the nonprofit and philanthropic community in order to fulfill our vision of a just and inclusive society and a healthy democracy of active citizens, effective institutions, and vibrant communities.