There are many ways to advocate for public policy goals without going beyond the limitations of the Tax Code.
Public charities can usually advocate on public policy issues a lot more than they think they can. For years, they were conditioned to fear losing their exemption if they got involved in advocacy of any type. They knew that one of the conditions of Section 501(c)(3) status is that “no substantial part” of an organization’s activities can include attempting to influence legislation or “lobbying.”
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