Seven Questions to Answer Before You Make Your Ask

While written to help nonprofit leaders think strategically about public policy advocacy, these seven steps are useful to follow when developing fundraising asks, internal programmatic or organizational policy proposals, or other kinds of requests.


What outcome do you want? Are there short-term steps that will help you reach that ultimate goal?

Stating your mission may help to introduce your organization to your audience, but it helps your audience if you offer a specific step they can take right now.


Communications in a Post-COVID World: How to Advocate Strategically for Your Nonprofit’s Mission

When COVID-19 hit, our world changed. Organizations had to decide how to move forward while dealing with unanswered questions about what this would mean for your team, for your stakeholders, and for your partners. While nonprofits’ missions are more important than ever, the public, media, and funders are focused on work and messages directly related to COVID-19.

Advocacy for Every Nonprofit

Advocacy should be an important part of the work of every nonprofit, but many organizations fear it because they assume they don’t have the staff capacity, tools, or funding to advocate effectively. Spoiler alert: There is no “right” way for a nonprofit to advocate for its mission! This webinar will begin with a series of questions for nonprofits to assess ways their organizations can most effectively strengthen their programs and services by being stronger advocates.

Advocacy 101: What Nonprofits Can (and Can’t) Do in Election Years (and Every Day)

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.

Legal Compliance Checklist for North Carolina Nonprofits

2019 Legal Compliance ChecklistCreated by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and updated annually, the Legal Compliance Checklist for North Carolina Nonprofits outlines laws that affect North Carolina nonprofits’ governance, finances, advocacy, human resources, and fundraising.

The 2020 edition includes details on legal issues related to COVID-19, new state tax laws, and changes to employment laws.

Highlights (and Fabricated Statistics) from the 2017 Nonprofit Town Hall Series

David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

Earlier this year, the Center organized a series of Nonprofit Town Hall meetings around the state. These meetings – in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Jacksonville, Research Triangle Park, and Asheville – gave nonprofits an opportunity to connect with elected officials, learn about nonprofit sector trends and policy issues, and share their concerns about how the current political climate may affect their organizations.