KEY FEATURES Engaging original case studies profile a wide variety of issues and obstacles facing all types and sizes of nonprofit organizations today. Theories, cultural competencies, and ethical and legal considerations are integrated throughout the text. A chapter on risk management explores challenges such as theft, vulnerable populations, and workplace accidents. A chapter on international nonprofits adds a dimension that is not always covered in texts. Case questions teach students to think strategically, solve problems, handle conflict, and unpack organizational issues.

Advocacy and Lobbying

11 Advocacy and lobbying


Many nonprofit organizations are confused by what is meant by the terms advocacy and lobbying. According to Pat Libby, advocacy, indicates that an organization is engaged in influencing public opinion and public policy (Libby, 2012). Lobbying, which is legally defined by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), entails directly expressing views to elected officials and others involved in the policy-making process to affect or create legislation. There are nuances pertaining to definitions of grassroots and direct lobbying which nonprofit leaders should learn.

The National Council of Nonprofits (2015) provides detailed proof of the many ways “the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the IRS have protected the rights of nonprofits to engage in advocacy and legislative lobbying.” Yet, many nonprofit leaders and ...

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