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Alliance for Justice Tips on "How 501(c)(3)s Can Respond During an Election Year"

Source: Bolder Advocacy
As the 2016 races heat up, nonprofits may feel the urge to comment on the issues discussed by candidates. However, the rules surrounding 501(c)(3) advocacy are murky and the consequences can be severe. Luckily, the Alliance for Justice's Bolder Advocacy initiative recently released a "Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns" guide that covers the dos and don'ts of issue advocacy and education.
Posted on: July 14, 2015
Topics: Communications for Advocacy | IRS | Legal

2015 M+R Benchmarks Study

Source: M+R Strategic Services
M+R Strategic Services released their 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study, a detailed analysis of data from a survey of the online communications, advocacy, and fundraising of 84 nonprofits.
Posted on: April 23, 2015
Topics: Communications | Communications for Advocacy | Data & Research | Fundraising | Marketing | Social Media

The Art of Listening: Social Media Toolkit for Nonprofits

Source: The Greenlining Institute
This new report from the Greenlining Institute has tips and best practices for nonprofits, divided into seven sections on topics like listening, communicating, building an audience, managing accounts, generating content, developing a social media policy, and measuing effectiveness.  
Posted on: October 16, 2013
Topics: Communications | Communications for Advocacy | Marketing | Social Media

Open Debate Drives Nonprofit Innovation

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy
In science, technology, business, academe, and elsewhere, people are encouraged—and are given forums—to express opinions and disagree with each other publicly. But nonprofits and foundations continue to embrace a culture of silence and politeness that gets in the way of their growth and vitality. This article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy explores how to regularly call into question whether a nonprofit’s or foundation’s activities are effective, ethical, and strategic.
Posted on: July 1, 2013
Topics: Collaboration | Communications for Advocacy | Executive | Leadership | Philanthropy

Communications for Social Good

Source: Foundation Center
FrameWorks Institute advances the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems.  This publication outlines the role of communication in public thought and life and presents recommendations for designing communications strategies to advance social causes.  Although written for Foundations, the information is applicable to nonprofits. Download the paper from the Foundation Center.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Marketing | Communications for Advocacy

Now Hear This: The 9 Laws of Successful Advocacy Communications

Produced by Fenton Communications this booklet details their approach to advocacy communication campaigns with nine laws of successful advocacy communications with words of wisdom from more than 25 experts. This is only one of the booklets available at this site. Download a copy of the booklet from Fenton Communications.
Posted on: May 2, 2013
Topics: Marketing | Communications for Advocacy
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