The basics in less than 20 minutes.
Every session of Congress, the state legislature or local government offers the possibility of public policy change that can significantly affect the work of nonprofit organizations. Many 501(c)(3) pubic charities think they will lose their tax-exempt status if they lobby for public policy change, but that is a myth. They may lobby so long as it is not a substantial part of their activities. Nonprofit Issues® editor Don Kramer argues that “if a public charity isn’t lobbying, it is probably not doing its job.”
Learn how the IRS defines lobbying, why so much advocacy is outside the definition, which actual lobbying activities don’t count against the limit, and how much lobbying a public charity may do without jeopardizing its status. Kramer and Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, provide practical insights based on many years of dealing with nonprofits of all kinds and sizes.
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For a more in depth review of both lobbying and electioneering, consider purchasing our recorded webinar - Lobbying and Electioneering for Nonprofits. This is a 90 minute program.