Resources for Advocacy Information
Advocacy is speaking on another's behalf and promoting their best interest. Lobbying is when you ask someone to do something for you. If you are confused about the difference, what activities a nonprofit can legally participate in, or simply want more information, the following web sites and publications can be of assistance.
New Mexico Arts Advocacy Resources:
- New Mexico Arts Advocacy Kit
- How to Host a Candidate Forum on the Arts
- Sample thank-you note to legislators
- Alliance for Justice: http://www.afj.org
- American Arts Alliance: http://www.americanartsalliance.org Information concerning national advocacy/legislative issues.
- Boardsource: http://www.boardsource.org Go to the Q&A sections to find out the following: -- Can nonprofits lobby? -- Can nonprofits form PACs? -- Can nonprofits engage in political activities? -- More on nonprofit lobbying.
- Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest: http://www.clpi.org/
- Independent Sector: http://www.independentsector.org/
- NP Action
Other Sites of Interest:
for legislator and election information (national & state):
- Project Vote Smart: http://www.vote-smart.org (enter zip+four)
advocacy organization web sites:
- Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts: http://www.azcitizensforthearts.org/
- Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania: http://www.citizensfortheartsinpa.org/