Easily the most important and involved form of advocacy is lobbying, or seeking to influence a politician or public official in regards to an issue. Lobbying can occur at the local, state, or federal level. As a nonprofit organization, it is important to gain a basic understanding of how to effectively and legally lobby. The resources below can help you become effective and have enjoyable experiences as you get started.

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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

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:

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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 is some help 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:

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