What’s a nonprofit to do?

Should your nonprofit focus on lobbying or advocacy? And what's the difference, really?

Presidential election years heighten the decibel of the political conversation. Between SNL skits, shocking headlines, and social media, politics are very top-of-mind for many of us in our personal lives, but where do they factor into the work of nonprofit organizations?

Although nonprofits are prohibited from endorsing candidates or taking partisan position, they have significant latitude to engage in the public policy dialogue. The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City is proud to support countless area nonprofits in their effort to be a player in policy change efforts.

Topics covered:

  • What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?
  • Why would nonprofit organizations want to get involved in public policy?
  • What is lobbying, and how much can our 501(c)(3) lobby?
  • Do you need to have a lobbyist in Jefferson City or Topeka, or are there other ways to stay informed on legislative issues?
  • How do we, as a nonprofit, partner on public policy issues?

There continues to be confusion about what and how nonprofit organizations can advocate and lobby for policy change. HCF is partnering with the REACH Healthcare Foundation, Support KC, and the Francis Family Foundation to host an upcoming training on “Advocacy Rules for Nonprofits.” 

The training will presented by Abby Levine, director at Bolder Advocacy, a project of the Alliance for Justice. Abby is one of the nation’s leading experts in federal tax and election law and their impact on nonprofits. Please RSVP to join us on May 24th from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.

Understanding the rules around nonprofit advocacy is just a small part of growing your organization’s impact on public policies. This training will also offer a panel of area nonprofit organizations that are involved in giving voice to the issues their clients and organizations face. We hope that you can join us!

This training is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

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    Good afternoon! My name is Meda Holloway. I am a nurse practitioner student at the University of Central Missouri. I am currently enrolled in a policy and advocacy class. I am interested in learning more about the services that your organization provides. I would like to complete a 10 minute phone interview with one of your associates, if time is available. I appreciate your consideration to this request and look forward to talking with someone soon.

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