Below are some key organizations that can help your organization get started and expand its advocacy work.
Advocacy and Lobbying Rules for Nonprofits
- A comprehensive resource on state and federal laws that impact nonprofit advocacy. Visit their website to view a variety of different publications on the rules and laws governing nonprofit advocacy.
- Download Washington Nonprofits’ one pager on advocacy and lobbying rules here.
- If your organization conducts lobbying in Washington State, it will likely need to register with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Visit their website to learn how to get started and be in compliance with their requirements.
- Download Bolder Advocacy’s guide to the PDC requirements here.
- Congress passed a sweeping tax reform bill at the end of 2017 that takes effect for the 2018 tax year. Click here to download Washington Nonprofits’ summary of the new tax laws, as well as recommendations for your nonprofits.
Strategy and Planning
- Visit the Legislative Information Center to learn about Washington’s legislative process, current bill information, members of the legislature, and other key information.
- Use this document to identify the issues that matter to your organization and plan your research for effective advocacy.
- Planning a lobbying meeting or grassroots lobbying campaign? Use these checklists as a guide for planning, executing, and following up.
- A campaign aimed at expanding the role of advocacy within the work of nonprofit leaders, particularly board members.
- A national coalition of philanthropic groups and nonprofits working together to advance the sector.
- A national organization informing nonprofits about legislation and regulations affecting the sector and ways to get involved in advocacy efforts.
- We have compiled a list of coalitions and invite you to identify like-minded groups to partner with in your advocacy work.
Voter and Civic Engagement
- A national organization partnering with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote.
- A nonpartisan research and policy institute covering a wide range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.
- Washington Budget and Policy Center uses research and analysis to advance the well-being of Washington communities, improve the economic security and social opportunity of all in the state, and support the essential role of government in promoting a just and prosperous society.
- Washington Policy Center is an independent, non-profit think tank that promotes public policies based on free-market solutions.
National Issue Coalitions and Umbrella Groups
Poverty, Hunger, Health Care, Social Services
Washington Nonprofits works closely with the National Council of Nonprofits and other state associations, in particular Nonprofit Association of Oregon, to track government contracting rules, advocate for nonprofit-friendly contracting, and to provide education for both nonprofits and government agencies about the nuances of contracting.
Please download this OMB Guidance Resource List for ways to learn more about OMB Guidance and the key elements related to it.