Lobbying

Know the Rules of the Game

Nonprofits can use lobbying as an effective tool to meet their missions. However, there are prohibitions and limitations. Being unaware of these rules can allow an organization to take actions that jeopardizes its tax-exempt status.

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The 501(h) Election

What does the 501(h) election mean for my organization's advocacy efforts?

Advocacy and Lobbying for Nonprofits

It is critical for nonprofits to understand the nuances of advocacy, lobbying and political campaigning to enable them to maximize their impact without risking sanction on their tax-exempt status.

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Bill Tracking Tool

Use this worksheet as a way to become more organized around the legislation that you are tracking.

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Communicating with Your Congressional Delegation

Regularly communicating with your members of Congress is key to any federal advocacy effort. This document outlines some need-to-knows.

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Developing Your Advocacy Game Plan

Jumping into advocacy for your issue means setting up a game plan with strategic prioritization and expertise. It is also important to set up the organizational infrastructure for advocacy engagement. This document outlines key steps in developing your advocacy game plan.

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How to Register as a NH Lobbyist

This document outlines the steps you need to take to become a registered lobbyist in NH

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Sample Advocacy Evaluation Tool

An important part of building ongoing advocacy capacity is to identify and measure advocacy effectiveness. Advocacy, however, requires a different approach than might be used to evaluate other kinds of work such as direct services. Use this tool to capture what you accomplished as well as what might have been missed.

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Sample Advocacy Workplan

This document is an organizational tool for planning and tracking your activities and progress on a bill.

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The Prohibition on Election-Related Activities

While there are many prohibitions for 501(c)(3) nonprofits around campaign intervention, there are many ways that those organizations can safely participate in the process without facing sanction.

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