Lobbying

Easily the most important and involved form of advocacy is lobbying, or promoting measures in the legislature (State and Federal). Because it is such an involved method of advocacy, lobbying can easily be overwhelming. Broken down, it is much easier to understand, and can even be fun.

Non Profit Day 17 123 smallerThe Basics

There are a couple basic resources to look at before you begin lobbying. The most important thing to know is that these resources are out there. There are ways to get help if you feel you don’t know enough.

Some of the basics of lobbying—Nonprofits and Lobbying

Make sure to know the rules—Knowing the Rules of Nonprofit Lobbying

There's even a handbook!—Nonprofit Lobbying Guide

Is This Even Legal?

We are often asked if it is legal to lobby. Some people are concerned that nonprofit organizations do not have the legal authority to directly advocate legislation with elected representatives. If you have any concerns about the legality of lobbying, or the legal procedures pertaining to it, take a quick look at these resources:

Working with Legislation

Non Profit Day 17 169 smallerThe bottom line and the primary focus of advocacy is the laws that the legislature considers. You’ll want to keep up on all of those. Fortunately, there are ways to do that more effectively.

What happened this year? Check out 2017's Current Legislation.

Running your own legislation? Apply for UNA Endorsement. If you would like us to endorse your policy action, please apply by filling out this form and emailing it to info@utahnonprofits.org

Want to stay updated? Here are some Resources to Help Keep Track of legislation

Working with Legislators

By its very nature, lobbying will require you to interact and work with elected representatives. Approaching and working with legislators can be a new experience. Here are some ways to make it even easier.

Know who to talk to—Find your Local, Statewide, and National Elected Officials

Be prepared to meet with them. Here are some helps with that:

Remember: They want to talk to you too! Knowing what you have to say helps them to become better representatives. Here are tips given by some of Utah's current elected officials:

Apply for UNA Endorsement. If you would like us to endorse your policy action, please apply by filling out docthis form and emailing it to info@utahnonprofits.org