Nonprofit Advocacy and Lobbying: Dos and Don’ts


February 12, 2020
9:00am - 11:00am


Framingham Public Library - McAuliffe Branch
Community Room
746 Water Street
Framingham, MA 01701


Teresa Santalucia, Klein Hornig LLP

This workshop is presented in partnership with Lawyers Clearinghouse.

As your organization starts 2020, you might be considering increasing your advocacy activities. However, there is a fine line between what is legal, and what is not, when doing advocacy and lobbying work as a 501 (c)(3) organization. Do you know where that line is?

It is critical for nonprofits to review the rules of engagement in this area to remain in compliance laws and regulations. They may also consider whether it is feasible to form a 501(c)(4) arm. This seminar will give a general overview of basic federal tax and lobbying law for 501(c)(3) organizations and discuss best practices.

Attendees will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the following questions:

  • What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?
  • When and how is it okay for a nonprofit to lobby and what happens if a nonprofit cross the line?

We hope you will join us!

Target Audience:

This workshop is most appropriate for nonprofit staff and board members who do not have experience with advocacy or lobbying.

**PLEASE NOTE: If this event has a wait list, Foundation for MetroWest will prioritize giving tickets to nonprofit board members, staff, and/or volunteers of MetroWest serving nonprofit organizations.


Teresa Santalucia, Klein Hornig LLP

Teresa M. Santalucia has extensive experience advising nonprofit clients on a broad range of issues including corporate formation and governance, tax exemption, charitable registration and fundraising, tax compliance, lobbying and political activities, and other business matters including joint ventures, strategic affiliations, and contract negotiations and review.

Teresa has been particularly active in advising nonprofit Board of Directors, officers, advisory committees and senior staff on an extensive range of governance matters, including the development of up-to-date governance documents, the adoption of corporate policies, and handling tax compliance issues at both the state and federal level.

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Nonprofit Governance


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