Written by Keely O’Sullivan Kurtz, MS, CNP
June 9, 2021 | 2 min. read
Nonprofit professionals are resource gatherers, community builders, and changemakers. We work to educate our stakeholders, build coalitions and mobilize them to take action. We are advocates.
Even though advocacy is a regular part of the nonprofit gig, one form of advocacy often makes nonprofit professionals nervous. This is the act of lobbying. We’ve heard that lobbying can get our organizations into trouble with the IRS and risk our tax-exempt status. This fear pushes many nonprofits to the legislative sidelines. This means that we, the people with the most expertise in our content areas, aren’t in the rooms where the policy affecting our missions is negotiated and set.