Advocacy & Lobbying

Foundations can be a powerful voice. Find resources and information about how Foundations can participate in shaping public policy as well as guidance regarding the legal rules and limitations that apply to public and private foundations engaged in lobbying and other advocacy activities.

Private foundations and public charities, including community foundations, may meet with legislators and legislative staff, but must use caution when considering topics to discuss with legislators.
Meeting with a member of Congress or with congressional staff is an effective way to convey a message about a specific issue or legislative matter. Below are some suggestions for making the most of your visit.
The different ways you can contact your members of Congress.
During this webinar, participants will learn how to garner timely responses from their members of Congress using the Internet and social media.
This valuable resource guides foundations interested in becoming part of the national policy conversation and educating legislators about their impact in society.
This list highlights some of the ways that private foundations and public charities (including community foundations) may engage in public policy without lobbying.
Tips on how grantmakers can legally participate in the political process.
An overview of the laws that govern what community foundations can and can't do regarding involvement in the public policy process.
This toolkit is designed for community and public foundations that want to educate and encourage their grantees about getting involved in civic and policy activities to increase organizational capacity and impact.
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