TOOL KIT
February 09, 2017

How Nonprofits Can Advocate Effectively — and Stay Within the Law

Establishing your organization as a source of information and ideas for policy makers can help advance your cause — an especially important function in tumultuous political times. Whether you’re aiming to help shape public policy under a new administration in Washington or boost your cause at the local level, this collection of Chronicle resources will help you build ties with lawmakers and follow Internal Revenue Service rules that preclude 501(c)(3) organizations from lobbying.

Article
April 06, 2017

Coaching Board Members for Advocacy Pays Big Dividends

Trustees’ connections and community clout can be invaluable for the nonprofits they serve, but these assets are often underused. Experts share their secrets on how to motivate board members to make your case to legislators and policy makers.

Article
March 23, 2017

Turn Your Nonprofit’s Trustees Into Master Advocates

Board members make some of the best advocates for a charity’s mission. Here’s how to make them comfortable in that role.

Article
February 07, 2017

11 Ways for Nonprofits to Build Ties With Lawmakers

Experts see this as one of the most basic kinds of advocacy. Here’s how to get started.

Background Paper
December 01, 2016

How to Advocate and Stay Within the Law During a Political Transition

A guide for nonprofits on advocacy between the election and the inauguration.

Video
October 28, 2016

Video: How to Get Board Members Involved in Advocacy

BoardSource chief executive Anne Wallestad says advocacy is an “underutilized tool” at nonprofits but that charity leaders can help trustees do their part. 

Article
September 06, 2016

How a Family Foundation Shaped an Urgent National Issue

Through a fellowship program, a family foundation and a communications firm prepared pain experts to raise awareness about ways to better manage chronic pain.

Checklist
January 14, 2016

How to Stay Within the Law in Election-Year Advocacy

With nearly a year of presidential-election activity ahead, it’s important to adhere to the guidelines governing nonprofit work and politics.  

Article
August 04, 2016

Nonprofits Can Help Shape Public Policy in an Election Year — With Care

How to advocate for a cause without risking your tax-exempt status.