You are here

Advocacy

Advocacy Principles

A nonprofit organization should advocate for the people it serves, its organization, and the common interests of the nonprofit sector to operate effectively and advance its mission. A nonprofit should also facilitate community participation in matters of public interest relevant to its mission through its advocacy strategies.

Advocacy means the active support of an idea or a cause to influence public opinion or public policy. Advocacy comprises a broad array of activities including civic engagement, public education, and lobbying. A nonprofit's level of involvement in advocacy will vary based on the organization's mission, capacity, and strategic direction. 

Nonprofits can advocate freely provided they follow some important legal requirements. Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, nonprofits must not engage in partisan political activities including giving money to or supporting or opposing, candidates for elected public office. But nonprofits must follow federal, state, and local laws that define limits on lobbying activities and applicable reporting requirements. 

Principles & Practices Assessment

Find out if your organization is meeting best practices in Advocacy, based on Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado

Complete the Assessment

Public Policy Resources

Find additional resources and information from our Public Policy page, including the Association's Public Policy Agenda, bill tracker, and Advocacy Toolkit.

Get Public Policy Resources

Related Trainings

2019 Grand Junction Member Appreciation Event

It is with sincere appreciation for your membership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and all you do to make Colorado a better place to live, we invite members to our upcoming Member Appreciation Event!  JOIN US Tuesday, May 7 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Old Chicago 120 North Ave., Grand... Learn More ›
When
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 5:00 pm
Where
Old Chicago
120 North Avenue, Grand Junction, 81501

People: Your Leadership Team and Your Donors

Our professional development trainings are made possible by the generous support of U.S. Bank     A clear vision with strong leadership is the base for sustainability. Have you identified key board and staff leadership to accomplish your goals? What elements are critical for... Learn More ›
When
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 9:00 am
Where
Colorado Nonprofit Association | Training Center
789 N SHERMAN ST, Suite 100, Denver, CO, 80203

2019 Pueblo Member Appreciation Event

It is with sincere appreciation for your membership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and all you do to make Colorado a better place to live, we invite members to our upcoming Member Appreciation Event!  JOIN US Thursday, May 9 for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.. at Old Chicago 3204 N.... Learn More ›
When
Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:30 am
Where
Old Chicago
3204 N ELIZABETH ST, PUEBLO, CO, 81008

2019 Colorado Springs Member Appreciation Event

It is with sincere appreciation for your membership with Colorado Nonprofit Association and all you do to make Colorado a better place to live, we invite members to our upcoming Member Appreciation Event!  JOIN US Thursday, May 9, 5-7 p.m. for at Old Chicago, 4110 Academy Blvd N., Colorado... Learn More ›
When
Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:00 pm
Where
Old Chicago
4110 Academy Blvd N, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918

QuickBooks Made Easy | Desktop Edition Webinar Series

In partnership with:   This training counts for Excellence in Principles & Practices. Email Akila Copeland to opt in. Looking for the Online Edition Webinar Series? May 21 - 23 | Learn More November 19 - 21 | Learn More Day 1: Tuesday | May 14 | 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.... Learn More ›
When
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 12:00 pm

Related News & Updates

Related Policy Updates