Reasons Nonprofits Choose to Lobby

  1. Policymakers need nonprofit expertise – Nonprofits often have unique information about the impact public policy has on local communities. Sharing this information can make for better legislative decision-making.

  2. Lobbying can make a powerful impact – A successful lobbying effort can make systemic changes that make a big difference long term. Passing legislation to increase food stamp funding could feed more people than the combined labor of all the food pantries and meal programs throughout the country.

  3. Lobbying can strengthen an organization’s position in the community – By speaking publically on issues related to its mission, a nonprofit can increase local awareness of an issue as well as develop better relationships with other organizations, reporters and elected officials.

  4. Lobbying doesn’t have to be complicated – Many nonprofits already have the knowledge and contacts necessary to influence legislation related to their mission. It’s simply a matter of figuring out how to bring the two together through effective communication.  

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