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Standing Up and Speaking Out: Your 501(c)3 Advocacy Rights

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm PST
In-person | Richmond, CA

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Now more than ever, your community is relying on you to stand up for them. If you think your 501(c)(3) public charity status prevents you from advocating for new laws and policies, think again! Whether pushing for quality education, protecting the rights of undocumented immigrants, or demanding safe communities for everyone, you can legally advocate for public policy and community change at every level of government. After this workshop, you’ll have a clear understanding of:

  • Your 501(c)(3) organization’s right to lobby;
  • What does and doesn’t count as lobbying;
  • Your annual lobbying limit; and
  • How to make the most of your organization’s lobbying power.

This workshop will be combined with the "Nonpartisan Advocacy in Partisan Times" training, this training covers the federal tax law rules about nonpartisan activities for 501(c)(3)s, including how to: 

  • Advocate for your organization and your community in a nonpartisan way; 
  • Safely educate the public about the candidates and the issues at stake;
  • Wisely engage your community in voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts; and
  • Weigh the risk factors when creating and sharing public policy communications, especially social media. 

Sara Matlin, graduated with a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a B.A. from Stanford University. She is the chair of the ACLU of Northern California – North Peninsula Chapter and a founder of the San Mateo County Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Sara began her career in policy change advocacy in 1988. She’s excited to use her community organizing and training experience, along with her Spanish/English bilingualism, to broaden the advocacy work of social justice organizations in California and across the country.

This event is led by a Funding Information Network partner.

Registration Information:

Registration is required.
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Contact Information:

(510) 234-1200


1014 Florida Avenue #200
Richmond, CA 94804


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