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    Stand For Your Mission

    A challenge to all nonprofit decision-makers to stand up for the organizations they believe in by actively representing their organization’s mission and values, and creating public will for positive social change.

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    When Candidates Speak, How Can Nonprofits Respond?

    As more and more candidates enter the 2016 race and develop their policy platforms, 501(c)(3) organizations may wish to use this public dialogue among the candidates to comment on the issues. However, c3 organizations need to remain nonpartisan because they cannot communicate something that could be perceived as attempting to influence voters to support or oppose a candidate for office. Learn some tips on how to respond to statements made by candidates during the course of a campaign.

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    ACT NOW! Cover the Bases: 5 Policy Advocacy Approaches Foundations can Support

    By Sue Hoechstetter and Mary McClure When funders and grantees have a common understanding of what it takes to be ready for effective advocacy, they can work together well.  This is why Bolder Advocacy has launched a five-part series for funders about advocacy readiness and the funder role in building advocacy capacity. In previous articles, we

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    How AFJ Can Help

    Have a Question about advocacy? We have answers! If your nonprofit has questions about lobbying or other forms of advocacy, call us. Our attorneys are here 5 days a week.

Bolder Advocacy Blog

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    How Funders Can Continue to Reform the Health Care System

    Posted by Andrew Phifer on June 24, 2015

    The new Grantmakers In Health (GIH) report, Health Reform Five Years Later: Philanthropy Steps Up to the Challenge, describes the spectrum of ways in which foundations have engaged in health reform-related efforts since the law’s passage. The report illustrates philanthropy’s funding priorities and strategies over the last five years, describes the issues health funders identify as the most critical to address over the next two years, and makes recommendations for grantmakers to consider as they plan their next generation of work.

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    AFJ’s Foundation Program Speaker Series Launches with an Advocacy Lens on Mission Investing

    Posted by Christine Strigaro on June 18, 2015

    Last Thursday, Alliance for Justice kicked off its Foundation Program Speaker Series, which puts AFJ’s signature advocacy lens on important and emerging topics in philanthropy. To launch the series, we asked: “How Are Some Foundations Guiding Their Mission through Grants & Investments?”

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    The 4-1-1 on 990 Disclosure

    Posted by Keely Monroe on June 17, 2015

    “Give Me Your 990!” Do these words make you break out in a cold sweat? Don’t worry! Our 2015 edition of Give Me Your 990! Public Disclosure Requirements for Tax-Exempt Organizations walks you through all the requirements of when and how you’ll need to disclose your Form 990 to the public.

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    Trending Topics: June

    Posted by Andrew Phifer on June 17, 2015

    How nonprofits can respond to candidate statements, best practices to prepare for opposition attacks, a toolkit for establishing your organization, and more! Find out what is trending on Bolder Advocacy this month…

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    Ban the Box Coalition Works to Give Ex-Offenders a Fair Chance

    Posted by Andrew Phifer on June 10, 2015

    Criminal justice reform advocates have been gaining momentum over the past decade implementing Ban the Box and Fair Chance policies, which now exist in 17 states, Washington D.C, and 100 cities and counties. This legislation takes several forms, but most simply it eliminates the box on job applications asking whether a potential employee has a criminal record.



Advocacy In Action

2015 Jan Slideshow

Mapping May’s #AdvocacyWins

Every month, AFJ is mapping where in the country nonprofits are making strides for fairness, equality, economic opportunity, and other social justice values. In the map below we look back on wins from May 2015. Use the filter below to narrow by month and year, and click any title on the right to learn more! 

Advocacy in Action

Winning Paid Sick Days in Portland

In a victory for working parents and all workers, Family Forward led the coalition that helped make the Oregon city the 4th in the nation to adopt the policy.

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Advocacy in Action

Investing in Change: A Funder’s Guide to Supporting Advocacy

This book is an indispensable guide for foundations in explaining the various roles they can play in the advocacy process. Investing in Change can serve as an in-depth guide to navigating the tax code surrounding support of public charities, or a quick reference guide to answer a specific question.

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Our commitment to supporting nonprofits and foundations does not stop at providing resources on the law. When an organization’s ability to do its work and speak out for its communities and constituents is threatened or can be expanded, Alliance for Justice gets involved.