Using real-life examples and offering practical tips, this guide outlines the reasons why nonprofit organizations of all sizes should engage in advocacy to help change laws, influence funding and improve service delivery to their constituents.
There were more than 800,000 registered nonprofits in the U.S. in 2000, employing more than 10 million people.
In 1977, U.S. nonprofits generated revenue of $111 billion; in 1994, revenues in the sector grew to $568 billion.
Rules for Lobbying
Nonprofits are encouraged to file IRS Forms to ensure compliance with the federal laws on lobbying rules for 501(c)(3) organizations.
In 2001, government contracts accounted for more than half of all revenue for nonprofits providing social and legal services.
Statements & Quotations
The nonprofit sector has no peer in making life better for often neglected populations. Nonprofits provide hundreds of services in communities throughout the country: building subsidized housing, providing hospice services, running after-school programs, marshaling volunteers for neighborhood improvement projects, assisting entrepreneurs in setting up small businesses--the list goes on and on.
Advocacy isn't an intrusion into the government's closed system of making decisions; lobbying is an integral part of every level of government. As political scientist Nelson Polsby wrote, 'Policy [does not] appear out of the sea like Botticelli's Venus--dimpled, rosy and complete on a clamshell.' It's hammered out with research, discussions, compromise and, of course, political maneuvering. And at every stage, outside voices make recommendations and apply pressure to make particular changes.
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