Advocacy & Civic Engagement

Resources related to political advocacy and lobbying activities.

2022 Statewide Nonprofit Policy Briefing

Nonprofit Policy Briefings bring together nonprofit leaders from around North Carolina for updates and discussions on the state of NC's nonprofit sector and the key policy issues affecting nonprofits. David Heinen, Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits will offer an update on trends in the nonprofit sector as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year and information about state and federal policy issues affecting nonprofits in 2022.

Budgets Matter: Trends & Opportunities to Align Public Budgets with People's Priorities

In this critical moment of recovery with the persistence of barriers to resiliency, public funding for the public good can provide a critical support to protecting families and communities and advancing more equitable outcomes by laying the foundation for a better North Carolina. Essential to making progress in the long-term towards our shared goals is the ability of the state to raise the funds needed and the important role we all can play in making the case for public investments. 

Make a Plan to Vote

Lisa Hazirjian, Ph.D., Win Together Consulting

You’ve looked up your sample ballot, you’ve decided on your candidates, and early voting has begun. Now, it’s time to make a voting plan. Here’s all you need to do:

Everything Your Nonprofit Needs to Know about the 2022 Election

This spring and fall, voters across North Carolina will go to the polls to elect new members of Congress, the state legislature, judges, and local officials. These elected officials will be entrusted to make decisions on laws and policies of critical importance to the work of every NC nonprofit. This webinar will provide an overview of the 2022 election for nonprofits, including:

Expired Tax Provisions Create Uncertainty for Nonprofits’ 2022 Finances

Last updated: February 10, 2022

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

As we enter the start of tax season, nonprofit leaders are concerned that their organizations’ finances may be challenged this year by the recent expiration of several temporary tax provisions, including the expanded child tax credit, the Employee Retention Tax Credit, and three tax incentives for charitable giving.

The Expanded and Improved Child Tax Credit

Getting Equity Advocacy Results (GEAR)

It's through continued effort that policy changes to promote equity are implemented and imbedded into practice. Tracking the progress of equity advocacy is important and does not need to be complex or daunting. Getting Equity Advocacy Results (GEAR) from PolicyLink is a suite of benchmarks, methods, and tools for advocates, organizers, and their allies to track the results of their equity campaigns to:

Call with Confidence: Ten Tips for Talking with Policy Makers

Lisa Hazirjian, Ph.D., Win Together Consulting

I have a confession to make: I get a little nervous whenever I call a policy maker. OK, more than a little. We’re talking heart racing as I dial, grabbing a sip of water for my dry mouth as I wait for someone to pick up the phone. Yet despite that, when there’s a public policy question on which I want to be heard, I call my elected officials because I’ve seen firsthand what a difference phone calls from constituents can make.

Rules of the Game: The Bolder Advocacy Podcast

Rules of the Game: The Bolder Advocacy Podcast - "Nonprofits are important advocates on issues critical to every community, but sometimes the rules and regulations of advocacy can be barriers to entry. In Rules of the Game, Bolder Advocacy attorneys use real examples to demystify these laws to help 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits be bolder advocates, whether holding elected officials accountable, educating candidates, engaging voters, or lobbying for policy change."