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    ACT NOW! Three to Get Ready: Planning and Preparing for Advocacy

    Building capacity to accomplish long-term foundation and nonprofit missions is a hot topic in 2015, with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, GrantCraft, and National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (from a piece by TCC Group) all having published related materials in recent months. It’s a critical topic, one that is particularly important to those seeking solutions via

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    Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age: The Law of Online Lobbying and Election-related Activities

    Can a 501(c)(3) organization lose its tax status over a careless Tweet? With new online tools popping up all the time, questions like this are becoming more and more frequent. Let us help you navigate the web of rules and regulations to empower your organization to engage in online advocacy!

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    Public Webinar Workshops for 2015

    Plan your 2015 with a year full of webinars designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers to understand the legal issues involved in public policy work. You can register for workshops individually or select a package of workshops and save!

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    PowerCheck: Community Organizing Capacity Tool

    Community organizing can be a complex process. To assess an organization’s power and sustainability, it’s important to understand its readiness to engage and empower constituents. Bolder Advocacy has a way to determine an organization’s ability to engage in organizing—PowerCheck: a tool for assessing community organizing capacity.

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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.

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    Mapping March’s #AdvocacyWins

    Posted by Andrew Phifer on March 31, 2015

    Every month, AFJ maps where nonprofits are making strides for fairness, equality, economic opportunity, and other social justice values. This month, check out wins for automatic voter registration, reproductive rights, urban farming, and more!

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    Member Spotlight: Earthjustice Protecting Agricultural Workers

    Posted by Andrew Phifer on March 23, 2015

    Earthjustice exists because the Earth needs a good lawyer. Read about their Healthy Communities campaign and how they are working to protect agricultural workers and their families from the most dangerous workplace chemicals on the market.

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    Posted by Andrew Phifer on March 23, 2015

    Successful advocacy is a lot like a puzzle. Advocates need to make sure they have all of the pieces of their plan in place, that they fit together, and that they allow for flexibility to adapt strategies as needed. Check our first piece in a five-part series for funders that breaks advocacy into 18 specific steps.

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    Top 5 blogs for February

    Posted by Andrew Phifer on March 16, 2015

    What is trending on Bolder Advocacy? Our top blog post is 3 lessons on coalition-building from the LGBTQ movement. See what else tops our list!

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    Philanthropy Must Reads: February

    Posted by Sue_Hoechstetter on March 11, 2015

    This month’s compilation of notable articles and publications about the philanthropic sector focuses on disaster relief, relational capacity, digital philanthropy, and more!



Advocacy In Action

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Mapping March’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 March 2015. Click on a state to filter by its Advocacy Wins, or click any title on the right to learn more! 

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Family Leave and Fair Pay: A Multilateral Approach

The week of June 16th through June 20th, The National Partnership for Women and Families organized the FAMILY Act Week of Action to call upon Congress and the president to pass the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act. The Week of Action provided a variety of convenient ways for both organizations and individuals to get involved.

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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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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.