Bolder Advocacy

Bolder Advocacy An initiative from Alliance for Justice to give nonprofits confidence in their public policy work. Bolder Advocacy is an initiative of the Alliance for Justice – a national association of more than 100 organizations that are united by a commitment to a fair, just, and free America where everyone has equal access to justice and can fully participate in our democracy.

We help nonprofits and foundations get involved in democracy by engaging in policy change.

Operating as usual

Bolder Advocacy offices will be closed November 22-26 in observance of Thanksgiving. Our offices will resume regular hou...
11/19/2021

Bolder Advocacy offices will be closed November 22-26 in observance of Thanksgiving. Our offices will resume regular hours on Monday, November 29.

Bolder Advocacy offices will be closed November 22-26 in observance of Thanksgiving. Our offices will resume regular hours on Monday, November 29.

07/02/2021

The Bolder Advocacy Team/Offices at AFJ will be closing at 3 PM today and closed on Monday, July 5, in recognition of the July 4 Holiday.

05/11/2021

Bolder Advocacy's phone lines are currently down. If you would like to reach our technical assistance hotline, please email us at advocacy (at) afj (dot) org. Thank you!

04/08/2021

A great example of advocacy from our friends at Jolt Action! #AdvocacyInAction

We are excited to announce that we have ten new resources dedicated to Texas nonprofits and engaging in advocacy in the ...
03/19/2021

We are excited to announce that we have ten new resources dedicated to Texas nonprofits and engaging in advocacy in the Lonestar State. From understanding the state budget and how a bill becomes a law, to Texas lobbying registration and reporting, Bolder Advocacy’s newest toolkit is the one-stop-shop for those looking to engage in advocacy in Texas. You can see our new resources at https://bolderadvocacy.org/texastoolkit/

We are excited to announce that we have ten new resources dedicated to Texas nonprofits and engaging in advocacy in the Lonestar State. From understanding the state budget and how a bill becomes a law, to Texas lobbying registration and reporting, Bolder Advocacy’s newest toolkit is the one-stop-shop for those looking to engage in advocacy in Texas. You can see our new resources at https://bolderadvocacy.org/texastoolkit/

03/08/2021

Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all of our trainers, nonprofit advocates, and foundations who are women-led and working to lift up women and girls across the globe. We salute you and are thankful for your advocacy.

Our newest blog post sheds light on how nonprofits--including (c)(3)s--can weigh in on the current impeachment trial. Re...
02/09/2021
Nonprofit Advocacy on the Impeachment Trial in the Senate - Bolder Advocacy

Our newest blog post sheds light on how nonprofits--including (c)(3)s--can weigh in on the current impeachment trial. Read here:

On January 13, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump, making him the first President in U.S. history to have been impeached twice. In the next step of the process, the Senate will begin an impeachment trial the week of February 8. At the conclusion of the trial, the Senate...

Focused on the GA runoffs today? Can't stop refreshing your news app/channel of choice? Here's our guide on what nonprof...
01/05/2021
Can We Say That? Georgia Runoff Election - Bolder Advocacy

Focused on the GA runoffs today? Can't stop refreshing your news app/channel of choice? Here's our guide on what nonprofits can and cannot say about today's election:

While the rest of the country typically slides into the holiday season following the November general elections, nonprofits operating in Georgia have to navigate an additional election season mixed with twinkle lights, a terrifying spike in COVID infections, and celebrations that look different than...

12/01/2020
Ask an Expert

Question about how your #nonprofit can advocate for your mission with local, state, and federal officials? Reach out to our free technical assistance hotline! https://afj.salsalabs.org/askanexpert/index.html

Note: AFJ does NOT provide legal advice, we do not enter into attorney-client relationships with individuals or organizations, and the information we discuss will not be treated as confidential or proprietary (although we do not disclose identifying information without previous permission). While we...

11/26/2020

Bolder Advocacy will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

On the newest episode of the Rules of the Game podcast, our experts discuss what nonprofits can do amidst not knowing wh...
11/06/2020
The Day After - Bolder Advocacy

On the newest episode of the Rules of the Game podcast, our experts discuss what nonprofits can do amidst not knowing who won the presidential election. Listen here:

https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/rulesofthegame/ROTG-the-day-after.mp3   Our attorneys for this episode: Leslie Barnes Tim Mooney Natalie Ossenfort   Show Notes 501(c)(3) public charities and private foundations could engage in the following activities during this period after election day and be...

11/04/2020

#AdvocacyMatters at all levels and jurisdictions! Congrats to the advocates at Equality Ohio and the citizens of Golf Manor for holding up their nondiscrimination ordinance.

Congrats to the advocates over at Drug Policy Alliance for their advocacy and efforts on state initiatives across the Un...
11/04/2020

Congrats to the advocates over at Drug Policy Alliance for their advocacy and efforts on state initiatives across the United States! #AdvocacyMatters

Congratulations, Mississippi! Tonight, a majority of Mississippians voted for medical ma*****na legalization. Our c4 Drug Policy Action worked on this campaign for several years, partnering with our local allies. We’re thrilled that our work has had a clear impact in a region hit hardest by the war on drugs.

Major news outlets as well as other organizations (looking at you, Facebook) are already talking about the likelihood of...
10/29/2020
What Nonprofits Can Do in a Contested Election - Bolder Advocacy

Major news outlets as well as other organizations (looking at you, Facebook) are already talking about the likelihood of a contested election on Nov. 4. Bolder Advocacy has published resources on how both private foundations and the nonprofit community can engage in post-election advocacy even if no clear winner is declared.

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Bolder Advocacy Evaluation Manager, Shannon Williams, recently co-hosted a conversation with Collective Mind about advoc...
10/21/2020
Collective Mind Community Conversations

Bolder Advocacy Evaluation Manager, Shannon Williams, recently co-hosted a conversation with Collective Mind about advocacy assessment and our ACT! and ACT! Quick tools. This conversation and write up on her work are great guides for anyone in the advocacy space--from newcomers to seasoned veterans!

Networks’ capacity for advocacy

10/05/2020
Public Webinar: Maximizing the Power of Your 501(c)(4) Advocacy

There's still time to register for our webinar today at 2 pm ET/11 am PT on nonprofit voter education and GOTV efforts! #VoteReady

Many 501(c)(3) organizations want to do more than their tax status allows, which is where 501(c)(4)s can come in. But what are the advantages of creating a new organization? This web training will give a legal overview of the various advocacy activities permitted by 501(c)(4) organizations -- includ...

09/30/2020
Praising or Criticizing Elected Officials on the Ballot: Rules of the Game Episode 4

Can 501(c)(3)s use social media to praise or criticize the policy actions of elected officials during an election year? It depends! Tim, Leslie and Quyen break down two examples of nonprofits that show you can safely and legally criticize elected officials even if they are up for re-election.

Get the full show notes at https://bolderadvocacy.org/podcast

Resources

Praising and Criticizing Incumbents: https://www.bolderadvocacy.org/resource/praising-and-criticizing-incumbents-2/

Rules of the Game: https://bolderadvocacy.org/resource/the-rules-of-the-game-a-guide-to-election-related-activities-for-501c3-organizations/

NEW from Bolder Advocacy: we teamed up with the Wilburforce Foundation to create a one-stop resource for private foundat...
09/22/2020
Voter Engagement Messaging and Activities for Private Foundations - Bolder Advocacy

NEW from Bolder Advocacy: we teamed up with the Wilburforce Foundation to create a one-stop resource for private foundations supporting voter engagement! From social media graphics, to guidelines, to important dates: we have it all!

  Election season offers tremendous opportunities for private foundations to use their influence and networks to encourage active participation by all eligible voters. While the IRS does restrict private foundation from engaging in some activities, these restrictions only apply to lobbying, partisa...

09/16/2020
Individual vs. Organizational Activity: Rules of the Game Episode 3

Staff, volunteers and board members of 501(c)(3)s have to make sure they avoid supporting or opposing candidates on behalf of their organization when they’re on the clock. But, those rules only apply to the organization. People that work or volunteer for a 501(c)(3) can – on their own time, and in their individual capacity - support or oppose candidates of their choice. But, as always, the devil’s in the details. On this episode, Tim, Leslie and Quyen cover best practices to keep your personal partisan support separate from your 501(c)(3) work.

Check out the full show notes at https://www.bolderadvocacy.org/podcast.

Resources
Board Members and Election Year Activities: https://bolderadvocacy.org/resource/board-members-and-election-year-activities-2/

Election Activities for Individuals Associated with 501(c)(3)s: https://bolderadvocacy.org/resource/election-activities-of-individuals-associated-with-501c3-organizations/

Sample 501(c)(3) Organizational Policy for Election Season: https://bolderadvocacy.org/resource/sample-501c3-organizational-policy-for-election-season/

09/08/2020
Public Webinar: Lobbying and Advocacy 101

Our Bolder Advocacy squad provided 54 trainings to #nonprofits in the month of August! You, too, can #BeBold and join us this Friday for our public webinar on what (c)(3) organizations can do during Elections!

Elections are important opportunities to educate and engage voters and the community at large. Although 501(c)(3) organizations cannot support or oppose candidates for public office, there are many activities they can participate in during election years. This training covers the federal tax law rul...

09/02/2020
Holding Elected Officials Accountable: Rules of the Game Episode 2

501(c)(3)s can’t support or oppose candidates, but that doesn’t mean they can’t hold elected officials accountable for their policy decisions. Tim, Leslie and Quyen break down an interaction in Minneapolis following the police killing of George Floyd to talk about the ways individuals and nonprofits can engage elected officials.

Check out the full show notes at https://www.bolderadvocacy.org/podcast.

Resources
Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities: Ensuring Election Year Advocacy Efforts Remain Nonpartisan: https://bolderadvocacy.org/resource/election-checklist-for-501c3-public-charities-ensuring-election-year-advocacy-efforts-remain-nonpartisan/

Election Year Activities for 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organizations: https://bolderadvocacy.org/resource/election-year-activities-for-501c4-social-welfare-organizations/

Accountability Advocacy for 501(c)(3)s: https://www.bolderadvocacy.org/resource/accountability-advocacy-for-501c3s/

09/01/2020
Brave New Films

Today is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day! This year, we are experiencing a shortage of poll workers and need people more than ever to perform this civic duty.

America is facing a RECORD shortage of poll workers this year because of COVID-19.

Our democracy is depending on young people to STEP UP and become poll workers.

Sign up at www.powerthepolls.org
#PowerThePolls

08/26/2020
Advocating During a Transition: Live with Bolder Advocacy

The 2020 election is right around the corner. Your nonprofit may have mastered how to talk to candidates – but the rules change as successful candidates make the transition to elected officials. Join us for our next Live with Bolder Advocacy: How Nonprofits Can Assist in Transition Advocacy. On August 26th at 3:00 pm ET, we'll answer your questions about how nonprofits can take advantage of this period of transition to educate a new administration and staff on the issues your organization cares about.



Post your questions now, and we'll answer them during the event!

08/21/2020

The 2020 election is right around the corner. Your nonprofit may have mastered how to talk to candidates – but the rules change as successful candidates make the transition to elected officials. Join us for our next Live with Bolder Advocacy: How Nonprofits Can Assist in Transition Advocacy. On August 26th at 3:00 pm ET, we'll answer your questions about how nonprofits can take advantage of this period of transition to educate a new administration and staff on the issues your organization cares about.



Post your questions now, and we'll answer them during the event!

08/19/2020
Can we say that?: Election-Year Advocacy by 501(c)(3)s

In the first episode of Rules of the Game: the Bolder Advocacy Podcast, our BA attorneys tackle the qeustion: Can 501(c)(3)s advocate to advance their mission while remaining nonpartisan during an election year?

Tim, Leslie and Quyen explain the factors that the IRS looks at, and use a recent example to show how small changes in the content or context of a communication can change things.

Check out the full show notes at bolderadvocacy.org/podcast.

08/18/2020
Haciendo Realidad los Derechos de Trabajadoras del Hogar: Abogacía Más Audaz en Vivo

Acompáñenos en una conversación el 18 de agosto a las 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT con Vanessa Barba de la Coalición de Trabajadoras del Hogar de California y Maru Galván de la Coalición para los Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes (CHIRLA). Sus líderes trabajadoras abogan para corregir un historial de exclusión de las protecciones laborales básicas y para asegurar que estas leyes existan no solamente en papel, sino que de verdad protejan a cada trabajadora doméstica. Únase a nuestro evento de Abogacía Más Audaz en Vivo en español para conocer algunas de sus tácticas creativas para promover los derechos y la dignidad de las trabajadoras del hogar. Y cuente con Abogacía Más Audaz para responder a sus preguntas sobre los derechos de las organizaciones de abogar, cabildear, y cambiar la comunidad.
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Join us for a conversation on August 18 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT with Vanessa Barba with the California Domestic Workers Coalition and Maru Galván with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). Their worker leaders advocate to correct a history of exclusion from basic labor protections and to make sure that these laws exist not only on paper, but instead truly protect every domestic worker. Participate in our Bolder Advocacy Live event in Spanish to hear about some of their creative advocacy tactics to advance the rights and dignity of domestic workers. And count on Bolder Advocacy to answer your questions about the rights of nonprofit organizations to advocate, lobby, and change the community.

08/13/2020
Announcing Rules of the Game: The Bolder Advocacy Podcast

On August 19th, we're launching Rules of the Game: The Bolder Advocacy Podcast. In each episode, Bolder Advocacy experts will help you demystify the rules around nonprofit advocacy so you and your organization can be bolder advocates.

Subscribe now on YouTube and your favorite podcast apps.

08/11/2020

Acompáñenos en una conversación el 18 de agosto a las 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT con Vanessa Barba de la Coalición de Trabajadoras del Hogar de California y Maru Galván de la Coalición para los Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes (CHIRLA). Sus líderes trabajadoras abogan para corregir un historial de exclusión de las protecciones laborales básicas y para asegurar que estas leyes existan no solamente en papel, sino que de verdad protejan a cada trabajadora doméstica. Únase a nuestro evento de Abogacía Más Audaz en Vivo en español para conocer algunas de sus tácticas creativas para promover los derechos y la dignidad de las trabajadoras del hogar. Y cuente con Abogacía Más Audaz para responder a sus preguntas sobre los derechos de las organizaciones de abogar, cabildear, y cambiar la comunidad.
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Join us for a conversation on August 18 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT with Vanessa Barba with the California Domestic Workers Coalition and Maru Galván with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). Their worker leaders advocate to correct a history of exclusion from basic labor protections and to make sure that these laws exist not only on paper, but instead truly protect every domestic worker. Participate in our Bolder Advocacy Live event in Spanish to hear about some of their creative advocacy tactics to advance the rights and dignity of domestic workers. And count on Bolder Advocacy to answer your questions about the rights of nonprofit organizations to advocate, lobby, and change the community.

07/23/2020
Abogacía Más Audaz en Vivo con Dr. Jesus Martinez, Director Ejecutivo de CVIIC

Únase al estreno de Abogacía Más Audaz en Vivo en español el 23 de julio a las 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT. Participa en la conversación con Dr. Jesus Martinez sobre las victorias y desafíos de las organizaciones comunitarias que están protegiendo los derechos de los inmigrantes en la Valley Central de California. Dr. Martinez, el Director Ejecutivo de CVIIC, compartirá como su organización ha luchado para cubertura médica y servicios legales para inmigrantes, y como han aumentado y adaptado su abogacía en el tiempo de COVID-19. Y Abogacía Más Audaz responderá a sus preguntas sobre los derechos de su organización de abogar, cabildear, y cambiar la comunidad. Vea el stream en Facebook, o puede acompañarnos usando Zoom. Hagan clic en “get reminder” para recibir una notificación cuando estemos en vivo en Facebook. ¡No se lo pierda!

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So thrilled to be working with Sue Zachman, Founding Partner at The Law Offices of Susan J. Zachman, PLLC, “Supporting the democracy innovation ecosystem”, and Bolder Advocacy, an initiative from Alliance for Justice to give nonprofits confidence in their public policy work. Recently launched: “the ‘Practical Guidance – What Nonprofits Need to Know About Lobbying’ series designed to help smaller grassroots advocacy organizations understand how their state and local advocacy work intersects with state lobbyist registration and reporting regulations.” —verbiage from Sue's LinkedIn post: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanjzachman/) We were intentional about designing and generating pieces that are easily digested, incorporating charts, icons, and accent typography. We collaborated to develop a base document that the client could update, edit, and alter as needed in-house. . . . . . . #flynndesign_us #flynndesign #womanownedbusiness #graphicdesigner #communicationdesigner #design #sustainabledesign #advocacy #advocacymatters #grassroots
Thank you Bolder Advocacy for helping us learn about nonprofit's advocacy and lobbying rights! A special thank you to our member organizations and parent leaders who attended the English or Spanish webinar. We have the knowledge and tools to further our impact! Gracias a Bolder Advocacy por ayudarnos a aprender sobre derechos de abogacía y cabildeo de organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Un agradecimiento especial a nuestras organizaciones miembros y a los padres líderes que asistieron al seminario en línea en inglés o en español. ¡Tenemos el conocimiento y las herramientas para aumentar nuestro impacto!🙌
REMINDER: This Thursday and Friday is our two-part workshop series on nonprofit #advocacy rights. 501 Commons, Bolder Advocacy, Win/Win Network, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) are teaming up to present these informative sessions led by Quyen Tu. Register for part 1 (Sept. 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.), part 2 (Sept. 17, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.), or both! Part 1: Advocacy and Lobbying 101: Legal Tips for 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Advocates: https://bit.ly/3wRrDi5 Part 2: Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times: https://bit.ly/3hTqFh1
Abby Levine presents Enabling Nonprofits to Shape the Public Debate on Important Social Issues. Abby is the director of the Bolder Advocacy Program at the National Alliance for Justice
Nonprofits play a vital role in educating the public about policy issues and actions that directly affect our communities. Knowing your advocacy rights – and strategies for effectively conducting #advocacy – is crucial to doing it right. 501 Commons, Bolder Advocacy, Win/Win Network, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) are teaming up to present our annual two-part advocacy workshop on Sept. 16 and 17. Both sessions are presented by Quyen Tu via Zoom. Register for part 1 (Thursday, Sept. 16, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.), part 2 (Friday, Sept. 17, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.), or both! Part 1: Advocacy and Lobbying 101: Legal Tips for 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Advocates: https://bit.ly/3wRrDi5 Part 2: Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times: https://bit.ly/3hTqFh1
Work at a 501(c)(3) nonprofit? Join Alliance for Justice's Bolder Advocacy program and ACLU Foundation of Southern California to discuss roles 501(c)(3)s can play in California’s upcoming gubernatorial recall election and the many efforts underway to recall local officials in the Golden State. This free event on August 10, 10am PT will also cover how to assess and reduce risk in online and social media communications about recall elections while encouraging your community to get out the vote! Register > https://secure.everyaction.com/HAGJ85FtRky1kXy4OjHRRw2
We are excited for these advocacy leaders to join us for #CampProsperity next week: • Seema Agnani from National CAPACD • Abby Levine of Alliance for Justice - AfJ & Bolder Advocacy • Rob Randhava of the The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Register now to learn from these insightful field experts: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8522493162423392527
Register for a Legislative Update webinar panel, Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 4 PM hosted by Bolder Advocacy. Our Government Relations and Community Outreach Coordinator, Leticia Gutierrez Ablaza will be there, to let you know how the 87th legislative session went and highlight the battles to come. #TXLege #OurSharedHOU
Congratulations Public Counsel, and the students, nonprofits, and community advocates! Nonprofits play acritical role in advocacy, from educating elected officials on community needs to policy change and more. Join us on May 25th to learn more about nonprofit advocacy and lobbying with Bolder Advocacy- and how your organization can be a part of changing the landscape for the communities you serve. Register today! http://thenonprofitpartnership.nonprofitsoapbox.com/events-by-term-cal/event/602
Want to see changes in policy? How about in funding? It all starts with voicing and advocating these needs. Join TNP as we welcome Bolder Advocacy (a program of Alliance for Justice) on May 25th at 9 am, to learn more about how nonprofits can participate in advocacy and lobbying efforts. We look forward to seeing you there and hearing your voices loud and clear, advocating for much-needed change. Register at tnpsocal.org. Special thanks to our sponsor for the Breakfast Series events, the Port of Long Beach. #TNP #nonprofits #advocacy #lobbying
As a program of the Alliance for Justice, Bolder Advocacy believes that “knowledge is power. They equip nonprofits with the knowledge they need to be confident and powerful advocates.” Flynn Design is super excited about current projects with Bolder Advocacy. Working to make this a better world to live in! . . . . #graphicdesigner #communicationdesign #flynndesign_us #flynndesign #womanownedbusiness
"But can we say that?" 😬 Many nonprofit organizations are familiar with restrictions that prohibit 501(c)(3)s from supporting or opposing any candidate for public office. However, once an election is over, organizations are often unsure about which rules still apply to them and are left wonder what next steps they should take. As we continue to explore the topic of "advocacy" for the remaining days left in January, Bolder Advocacy offers some language suggestions that your organization can use as you look to further advance your nonprofit's mission and the well-being of the populations you serve.