Our Top Resources of 2019


Bolder Advocacy

In 2019, the Bolder Advocacy team worked to deliver the resources you need to be the boldest advocate you can be. From census to elections to IRS disclosures, we covered the major challenges and opportunities facing nonprofits and foundations. Our tools like The Connection and ACT! were used by thousands, and our coverage of the latest in advocacy news helped you stay informed all year. Here are the top resources and blogs of 2019.

What Your Nonprofit Can Do Now to Support a Complete Census 2020 Count

In June, The Supreme Court’s decision on the census case resulted in the exclusion of the question that would track citizenship status, but there is still work to be done to ensure this census is fair, inclusive and accurate. Learn how your nonprofit can advocate around the 2020 Census.

Private Foundations and Charitable LLCs

Wondering what the difference is between a limited liability corporation (LLC) and a private foundation? Read our blog to learn more!

What is going on with the NRA?

In May, we looked into why the NRA was under investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office for using funds in ways that are impermissible for nonprofits. Read more here.

What’s the Latest on 501(c)(4) Donor Disclosure?

The rules regarding donor disclosure by 501(c)(4) nonprofits have been in flux, and we dug into how the IRS ruling around donor disclosures could impact nonprofits. Click here to learn more about the ruling, and check out our later update on the rules here.

Questions about election activity? We have answers!

As we head into an election year, nonprofits can take advantage of the unique platform provided by the election season to raise awareness and educate the public and candidates on issues, or advocate for policies. Check out our resource hub to join in!

Comparison of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) permissible activities

This fact sheet provides examples of the kinds of advocacy activities that 501(c)(3) public charities and 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations are permitted to do under federal tax law. Check it out!

Foundation Advocacy Grants: What Grantees Need to Know

Chances are you will want to approach foundations to support your advocacy activities. When you do, there are a few things you should know about foundations and how to successfully obtain their funding for advocacy and lobbying. Click here to learn more.

Nonpartisan Candidate Education: How 501(c)(3)s Can Talk to Candidates During an Election Year

501(c)(3)s may be interested in influencing candidates’ policy platforms, encouraging them to raise awareness of an issue, or educating them on how policy decisions impact local communities. Learn how you can continue to promote issues to further your mission even during an election year.

501(c)(3) Public Charities and Ballot Measures

Ballot measure advocacy can be an important tool for public charities to help create better laws for the communities they serve. Advocacy for the adoption or rejection of ballot measures usually qualifies as lobbying under federal tax law, which is permitted, within limits, for 501(c)(3) public charities. Click here to learn more.