Want to impact the next election?
Want to know what nonprofits can do to affect public policy?
The elections in November will shape the future of our country. Nonprofits and their stakeholders have an interest in the outcome.
Most webinars on lobbying and electioneering for nonprofits concentrate on what charities may not do. This webinar will concentrate on what charities and other nonprofits can do in elections and policy development throughout the year.
Charities exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Tax Code are prohibited from endorsing or opposing candidates running for public office at any level of government and are limited in how much lobbying they can do in supporting or opposing specific legislation. But “social welfare organizations” exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Tax Code do not face such limitations.
Should your charity set up a (c)(4) for political activity? And how would you do it?
Even if you don’t have a (c)(4) to work with, a public charity can run a nonpartisan voter registration drive. How could you set one up?
Can your public charity have candidates speak to your constituents?
Can you publish a voters’ guide to their positions?
Can you drive voters to the polls on election day?
Should your executives set up a political action committee?
Can you take a position on a referendum or state constitutional amendment?
How can you differentiate between lobbying and advocacy?
How much can you spend on lobbying?
Should you make an election under section 501(h)?
How can you get private foundation grants to support your activities?
How can you make your lobbying a year round activity?
Do you have to deal with lobbying registration regulations?
We will cover these and lots of other issues during the webinar. Participants can submit their specific questions for discussion before or during the program.
Here’s what participants said in their evaluation of the last time we did this webinar:
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- 100% said they would recommend it to others
Most significantly, 100% of respondents said they learned things they could use in their own programs.
Nonprofit Issues® editor Don Kramer will lead the discussion. Kramer, who has more than 45 years of experience in dealing with the legal issues of nonprofits of all types and sizes, is listed among The Best Lawyers in America in the category of nonprofit/charities law. Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, will facilitate the program.
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