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Mentoring Advocacy

MENTOR Minnesota (MENTORMN) is the driving force in the mentoring movement. Our public policy efforts are integral to growing and sustaining the mentoring movement in Minnesota.

Can my organization lobby for causes that we care for and affect us? YES!
Not only CAN your organization lobby for bills and policies that affect you, but you SHOULD because you are the ones who are working on that cause so your voice and experiences can inform your legislators’ decision.

Isn’t it illegal for non-profits to lobby? FALSE!
Under the 501(h) rules, you can lobby, but the amount of money you can dedicate towards lobbying varies depending on your organization’s budget. According to 501(h) rules, you can calculate the overall lobbying limit of your organization as follows: you can spend 20% of the first $500,000 of your budget on lobbying. You can spend 15% of the next $500,000, 10% of the next $500,000 and 5% of the remaining. Of the total amount that you spend on lobbying, only 25% can go towards grassroots lobbying.

My organization staff are too busy to allocate time for lobbying.
Lobbying does not have to take a long time. You can do quick things like writing a letter or e-mail to your legislator to support your bills or policies. You can also meet with your legislator and those meetings are usually just about 15 minutes. If you do not have time yourself to lobby, you can do a Call to Action to your network and clients/participants to advocate for your causes.

Please see the links below for more information on lobbying and advocacy that YOU can do.
Nonprofits and Lobbying. Yes, They Can! (American Bar Association)

General Lobbying Rules for Nonprofit Organizations (Afterschool Alliance)

Lobby? You? Yes, Your Nonprofit Can! It Should!

State Legislation

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Federal Legislation

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