Health Forward is teaming up with Alliance for Justice to host advocacy trainings for nonprofit organizations in our area.
The voices of nonprofits are an integral part of contributing to local, state, and national policies that support the health of our communities.
We invite any 501(c)(3) organizations interested in the intricacies of election year activity and the do’s and don’ts of influencing legislation to attend.
Alliance for Justice will be offering two training sessions covering the rules that govern nonprofit engagement in advocacy, lobbying, and nonpartisan election activities. Participants are invited to attend which session (or both!) aligns with their organizational interests.
Training session 1: Advocacy and Lobbying: You Can Do It!
Check-in and light breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m.
Advocacy and lobbying are not only legal – they are some of the most effective means for nonprofits to advance their missions. This comprehensive workshop will help explain what lobbying is and why it is so important. Federal law allows 501(c)(3) public charities (including houses of worship and public foundations) to lobby within generous limits. This training addresses:
- How the tax law permits lobbying for nonprofits
- One easy step most charities can take to maximize the amount they’re allowed to spend on lobbying
- Yearly lobbying limits for charities
- Tips for taking advantage of the narrow definitions of lobbying – which will help charities maximize their advocacy
- The application of these rules to ballot measure activities
Session times and dates
The same training is offered on both days. Register for only one morning session.
- April 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR
- April 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Training session 2: Nonpartisan Election Year Activity
Although 501(c)(3) organizations cannot support or oppose candidates for public office, there are activities they can participate in during election years. This training covers the federal tax law rules regarding electoral activities for 501(c)(3)s, including:
- How can you continue to advocate for your issues during election years?
- How can you educate the public through candidate forums and questionnaires?
- How can you ensure voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts are conducted legally?
- How can you safely support or oppose ballot measures without being partisan?
Session times and dates
The same training is offered on both days. Register for only one afternoon session.
- April 19, 1 – 3 p.m. OR
- April 20, 1 – 3 p.m.
Thank you to our partners at Alliance for Justice for providing the training.