All nonprofits have a vital role to play in our democracy. For 501(c)(3) public charities, that role includes lobbying. Nonprofits have every right to advocate on behalf of policies they believe in, but when this advocacy deals with specific legislation, limits come into play that you need to know about. Here are some good resources:

Independent Sector’s Lobbying Guidelines for Public Charities

Bolder Advocacy

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The Economic Impact of California’s Nonprofit Sector — Emphasis on Foundations and Volunteerism (Cupertino)
CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss the new research on the economic power of the nonprofit sector, foundations funding, and disparities within California at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Luncheon.
January 21, at 11:30
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (Redwood City)
CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector at the Thrive Leadership Circle Luncheon.
January 29, at 11:30
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How to Start a California Nonprofit (Webinar)
Are you thinking about starting a nonprofit organization? Learn the basic steps, compliance requirements, and how it works in the real world from CEO Jan Masaoka.
January 30, at 11am
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (Sacramento)
Outreach and Communications Director Christina Dragonetti will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector at the WhatIF Conference produced by the Impact Foundry.
February 4, 2020
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (San Rafael)
In partnership with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector.
February 5, at 11am
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (Santa Rosa)
In partnership with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, Outreach and Communications Director Christina Dragonetti will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector.
February 11, at 11am
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Donor-Advised Funds: Treasure or Threat? (San Francisco)
In this Development Executives Roundtable Luncheon, CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss donor-advised fund growth and impact on the nonprofit sector.
February 14, at 12pm
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Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California's Nonprofits - New Findings (Van Nuys)
In partnership with California Lutheran University, CEO Jan Masaoka will discuss the new research on government funding, highlights of changes since the first-ever report in 2014, and the economic power of the nonprofit sector.
April 2nd, at 11:30am
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