In this article, "Connect the Dots, Then Protect Yourselves and Your Nonprofits", Tim Delaney the President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits explores the important relationship between nonprofit advocacy and the financial stability of nonprofit organizations. This article was originally published in LINKS, MNA's quarterly professional publication. LINKS is only available to MNA members, so if you find this article useful consider joining MNA to receive this informative publication regularly. MNA-Links-Spring-2015.Connect-the-Dots.pdf
Principles and Practices
Nonprofit organizations play a central role in the democratic process by providing a means for public participation and promotion of the common good. As entities that serve the public, nonprofit organizations should engage in public policy and advocacy activities to promote constituent, organizational and sector interests. Nonprofits should work to promote broad public participation in public policy and advocacy efforts and should provide assistance to the public in these efforts.
This easy reference chart will help you determine if various activities are considered lobbying. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more. MNA-Are-You-Lobbying-chart-from-Advocacy-Primer.pdf
There are state and federal laws to follow, but these laws should not stifle your organization’s voice. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more. MNA-Lobbying-and-the-Law-from-MI-Advocacy-Primer.pdf
Prepping your organization to engage in advocacy includes understanding the key definitions used in the field, as well as the purpose and benefits of this work. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more. MNA-The-What-and-Why-of-Nonprofit-Advocacy-from-primer.pdf