Lobbying, Advocacy & Political Activities for 501(c)(3)

Mar 06 2018 9:00 AM

Hosted by: Foundation for MetroWest
Foundation for MetroWest
3 Eliot Street , Natick

Many nonprofits are now considering increasing their advocacy activities. It is critical for these nonprofits to review the rule of engagement in this area so as to remain in compliance with pertinent laws and regulations.


Many nonprofits are now considering increasing their advocacy activities. It is critical for these nonprofits to review the rule of engagement in this area so as to remain in compliance with pertinent 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.

Learning Objectives:

We will discuss best practices, including:

  • 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 crosses the line?

Who should attend: Staff who are responsible for external affairs, government relations, and program; Board members

About the presenter: Teresa M. Santalucia, Klein Hornig LLP

Teresa Santalucia's practice focuses on a wide range of affordable housing and community development activities. She regularly assists both public and private clients with a variety of HOPE VI, mixed-finance, public housing, and community development projects throughout the country.

Teresa also counsels community organizations and addresses the concerns of both newly formed and well-established nonprofit entities, including nonprofit mergers and collaborations, the taxation of unrelated business income, and governing board structure and responsibilities. She also negotiates and implements joint-venture and conflict-of-interest policies and advises on nonprofit compliance issues at both the state and Federal level.

This seminar is a joint project of Foundation for MetroWest andLawyers Clearinghouse with pro bono support from Klein Hornig.