What is Advocacy?
Can Orchestras Advocate? Yes, You Can!
Nonprofit organizations have a responsibility and a right to advocate on behalf of their constituents. Citizen participation and citizen action is essential to democracy.
- Informing legislators or government officials about your opinion of an issue that isn’t related to specific legislation
- Educating your organization’s membership about a piece of legislation
- Educating policy makers about your organization and its mission
- Publishing an analysis of a legislative proposal
- Conducting educational meetings
- Preparing and distributing educational materials
Direct lobbying includes:
- Stating your organization’s position on specific legislation to legislators, government employees or government agencies who participate in the formulation of legislation
- Encouraging your members to contact a specific legislator about a specific piece of legislation
- Grassroots lobbying is stating your position to the general public and asking the general public to contact legislators or other government employees who participate in the formulation of legislation.
- Nonprofit organizations may exercise “measured lobbying,” a percentage of their annual expenditures as defined by the IRS.