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    Advocacy Capacity Tool!

    As 2015 draws to a close, it’s the perfect time for organizations to assess their advocacy capacity, identify specific strengths and opportunities, and efficiently focus resources to get the best results in 2016. Use our FREE Advocacy Capacity Tool to take your advocacy work from good to great!

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    Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

    Is your foundation interested in confidently supporting advocacy? Alliance for Justice’s new Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook is for you! This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.

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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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    An Example of Advocacy in Action

    Posted by Keely Monroe on January 22, 2016

    Organizations, advocates, and activists across the country submit 45 amicus briefs to SCOTUS on a reproductive rights case.

  • The PATH Act

    Posted by Isaiah Castilla on January 15, 2016

    Depending on how you look at it, one could say that Congress has finally taken much needed action and provided clarity to 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans form Tax Hikes Act (PATH) of 2015. While much of the PATH Act deals with extension of certain tax

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    A Gift Tax Victory

    Posted by Susan Rhea on January 12, 2016

    On December 18th, President Obama signed The Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act, clarifying once and for all that donations to c4s, c5s, and c6s are not subject to taxation by the IRS.

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    ¡Adelante! Legal Setbacks Won’t Stop Community Advocacy

    Posted by Guest Blogger on December 16, 2015

    History tells us that a multipronged approach to immigrant rights is crucial for meaningful social change.

  • Parks v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue

    Posted by Natalie Roetzel on December 15, 2015

    In a long awaited decision in the case of Parks v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the United States Tax Court recently examined a series of radio messages created and funded by a private foundation and determined that the messages constituted taxable expenditures under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

Advocacy In Action

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10 Years After Katrina: 10 Questions for Funder Best Practices

Saturday, August 29, 2015, will mark the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, and President Obama will be in New Orleans on Thursday to honor the anniversary and celebrate the region’s resilience and steady progress. After such a devastating storm, how was this region able to steadily make progress toward recovery?

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¿Qué Es la Defensa y Promoción de Causas?

En esta hoja informativa exploramos cómo se define la defensa y promoción de causas, cómo diferenciar entre el cabildeo y la defensa y promoción de causas, y ejemplos de proyectos que llevan a cabo distintas organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

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Praise for Bolder Advocacy

  • “AFJ gives groups the confidence to lobby and advocate because we know the rules. We affectionately refer to the AFJ hotline as the ‘lobbying bat phone.’ That service is invaluable.”

    - Nebraska Appleseed
  • “AFJ has helped us think proactively in how we approach our work in legislative and non-partisan electoral processes…The expertise that AFJ shares has helped us become more confident and more sophisticated.”

    - Border Network for Human Rights
  • “As a small non-profit, it’s good to know we’ve got a team of smart lawyers with AFJ in our corner!”

    - Katie Ashmore, Jews United for Justice
  • “I do not think I could have survived as an activist without the help that AFJ gave me.”

    - Jehmu Greene, former president, Rock the Vote & Women’s Media Center
  • The Alliance for Justice is an unparalleled resource for the nonprofit community.


    - Paul Sonn, Legal Co-Director, National Employment Law Project
  • It would cost a lot for us to hire lawyers to advise us on how to avoid the pitfalls and problems that Alliance for Justice helps us recognize.


    - Rob Moore, Environmental Advocates of New York
  • “Thanks to the guidance of the Alliance for Justice we have a robust nonprofit sector.”

    - Rep. Donna Edwards
  • “AFJ walked us through hosting a successful candidates’ forum. By e-mail and phone, they answered tricky legal questions and helped us think about how to be effective but not put ourselves at risk.”

    - Jenne Wood-Taylor, PACT Community Organizer
  • “AFJ’s work ensures that voices that are typically left out of critically important public debates get heard. That is a powerful mission.”

    - Marcia Egbert, George Gund Foundation
  • “AFJ’s training was outstanding — thoughtful, strategic and incredibly informative.”

    - Justice at Stake
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