Everyday Advocacy Resources

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From advocacy toolkits and informative “how to” sheets to recent opinion pieces and material about federal, state, and local lobbying laws, this section of our website provides resources to nonprofit leaders about ways to advance their missions through everyday advocacy.


Advocacy Toolkits Laws & Forms
Articles & Chapters Opinion Pieces
Books & Guides Research Reports
Case Studies Videos
Government Reports Websites


Advocacy Toolkits

Articles & Chapters

Books & Guides

  • Alliance for Justice, Being a Player: A Guide to the IRS Lobbying Requirements for Advocating Charities (2011)
  • Nancy Amidei, So You Want to Make a Difference: Advocacy is the Key! (OMB Watch; 14th ed. 2002)
  • David F. Arons, ed. Power in Policy: A Funder’s Guide to Advocacy and Civic Participation (Fieldstone Alliance 2007)
  • Thomas R. Asher, Myth v. Fact: Foundation Support of Advocacy (Alliance for Justice 2003)
  • Marcia Avner, The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations: Shaping Public Policy at the State and Local Level (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation 2002)
  • Marcia Avner, The Nonprofit Board Member’s Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation 2004)
  • Gary Bass, David Arons, Kay Guiane, Matthew Carter, Seen But Not Heard: Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy (The Aspen Institute 2007)
  • Jeffrey M. Berry, with David F. Arons, A Voice for Nonprofits (The Brookings Institution 2003)
  • Elizabeth T. Boris & C. Eugene Steuerle, Nonprofits & Government: Collaboration & Conflict (2nd ed. 2006)
  • Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, Make a Difference for Your Cause: Strategies for Nonprofit Engagement in Legislative Advocacy (2006)
  • David Cohen, Rosa de le Vega, Gabrielle Watson, Advocacy for Social Justice: A Global Action and Reflection Guide (Kumarian Press 2001)
  • Leslie R. Crutchfield, How Change Happens (Wiley 2018)
  • Leslie Crutchfield & Heather McLeod Grant, Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (2008) (see especially Ch. 2: “Advocate and Serve”)
  • Allison H. Fine, Momentum: Igniting Social Change (Jossey-Bass 2006)
  • Pat Libby & Associates, The Lobbying Strategy Handbook: 10 Steps to Advancing Any Cause Effectively (SAGE Publications 2012)
  • Robert J. Pekkanen, Steven Rathgab Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka, editors; Nonprofits & Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment (2014)

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Government Reports

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