Tax-exempt organizations must carefully comply with federal and state rules that limit lobbying and, in some cases, prohibit political activity. Otherwise, they can jeopardize their tax-exempt status – particularly during an election year. This packed and informative session will help you understand the differences between lobbying and advocacy, and the various limitations and prohibitions. Learn when and how to register and report these activities and whether to form a PAC. Benefit from hearing faculty members’ real case studies and IRS guidance to help you navigate these important and complicated rules.
Compare lobbying and advocacy
- Learn how your nonprofit can engage in lobbying
- Explore the difference between lobbying and mission related advocacy
- Find out whether your organization must register as a lobbyist under the lobbying disclosure statutes (federal and PA) and the Philadelphia ordinance
Discover what a nonprofit can and can’t do in relation to political campaigns
- Can your organization endorse a candidate for elective office?
- Can your organization host a candidates’ debate?
- Can individual board or staff members publicly endorse the election of candidates?
- Learn which registration and reporting obligations apply to these activities
- What is a 527 PAC and a QSLPO?
- How does each need to register and report its activities?
Get answers to your questions about:
- 501(c)(3) charities
- 501(c)(4) civic associations and social welfare organizations
- 501(c)(5) unions
- 501(c)(6) trade agreements