Tools for your Board to begin on the path of advocacy

Online tools and resources make it easier than ever to advocate for your organization, its mission, and your community. Reference these tools for more about participating in the legislative process, understanding how public funding affects your organization, and worry-free lobbying.

Understanding Public Funding (Why Advocacy Matters!)

Do you know how much of your agency’s funding comes from public dollars? Use this easy tool to find out; you might be surprised!

Nonprofit budget breakdown tool for public funds

Then, learn more about the state budget and public funding in:

A Citizen's Guide to the Washington State Budget

Washington State Budget Process

Curriculum Handouts (How to Advocate!)

Instructions: click the link, save to your desktop, and open the zip file.

Slideshow Presentation Making the Case for Board Advocacy

Handouts for Boards That Have Done Some Advocacy Work

Handouts for Boards with a lot of Advocacy Experience

Participating in the Legislative Process (Advocate Now!)

The Washington State Legislature has produced the following tools to encourage public participation in the legislative process:

Glossary of Legislative Terms

A Citizen's Guide to Effective Legislative Participation

How to Testify in Committee

How to Find Your District


Worry-Free Lobbying

Concerned about nonprofit regulations and restrictions on lobbying? The best way to keep your organization on the right side of the law is to inform yourselves as members of a board of directors. Nonprofits can lobby within certain limits, and they can advocate and educate. Learn the rules here:

Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age: The Law of Online Lobbying and Election-related Activities New!

National Alliance to End Homelessness: Advocacy How-To

Alliance for Justice About Advocacy: Lobbying

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest: IRS Rules

Fact sheet on worry-free advocacy

Presentation on worry-free lobbying

The Board Advocacy Project is sponsored by the Campion Foundation    |    © Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 2013