For nonprofits, a voice in lobbying is often out of reach due to rules

For nonprofits, a voice in lobbying is often out of reach due to rules

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Nonprofit New York, a group that represents hundreds of nonprofits in the downstate region, has compiled a policy brief that found national data indicates 3 percent of nonprofit organizations engage in lobbying — many dissuaded to engage in that constitutional right because they are not equipped to handle the complex lobbying reporting requirements and fear the penalties that result from missteps.

"Nonprofits are often closest to communities, and uniquely understand community needs. But all too often I hear from small organizations that they can't engage in advocacy, because they don't have the resources to risk being out of compliance," said Chai Jindasurat, a vice president with Nonprofit New York. "Their fear keeps diverse community voices out of the legislative process."

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