Nonprofits can – and should – be advocates for their missions and for the communities they serve. This webinar will explore what it means for a nonprofit to be an advocate and the differences between “advocacy,” “lobbying,” and “political activities.” We will begin by highlighting – and quickly debunking – the four most common reasons nonprofits think they can’t (or shouldn’t) be advocates. We will explain what types of activities are and aren’t permissible for 501(c)(3) nonprofits and their staff, board members, and volunteers, particularly in an election year with many highly polarizing contests on ballots in March and November.
Presenter: David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
Recording length: 1 hour