Washington

Nonprofits are shining the spotlight on advocacy by incorporating quick, easy-to-make videos on smart phones to inform and engage their audiences and lawmakers.

An experienced lobbyist once advised: “You never want to have to ask a stranger for a favor; so get on up to the State House and meet some new friends before you need something.” That excellent,...

The recognition of the need for advocacy comes from many sources. Scandals and bad press motivate politicians to champion reforms.

When can advocacy on behalf of a nonprofit’s mission be both adversarial and friendly? When the nonprofit files an “amicus curiae” (“friend of the court”) brief in the judicial branch.

Nonprofit advocacy has come a long way from the leave-behind one-pager and the occasional ad in publications read in policymaker-oriented publications.

Some states have a nonprofit appreciation luncheon.

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