ERIC Number: ED259999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Lobby? You? Of Course You Can...And You Should!
Independent Sector, Washington, DC.
This pamphlet discusses one of the most essential but often misunderstood tasks facing nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations today: lobbying. It is addressed to Americans who volunteer their time and money to promote causes they believe will make this a better world. The pamphlet encourages citizens to lobby for two reasons. First, because virtually every aspect of our lives is affected by government, and in a democracy, government is set up to respond to the wishes of the people. The second reason citizens should lobby is that if they don't someone else will. Every conceivable cause has its advocates. Lobbying is defined as a means of persuading the members of a legislature to enact legislation favorable to a cause or defeat or repeal legislation unfavorable to a cause. Misconceptions concerning the honorability of lobbying are presented. Lobbying by tax-exempt groups has been sanctioned by Congress. An effective lobbyist needs three things: basic facts, belief in a cause, and common sense. Lobbying can be fun and stimulating. Not only might lobbyists help bring about that change that they feel is so important, but they may also gain a great deal of satisfaction from lobbying itself. (RM)
Descriptors: Activism, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Legislation, Legislators, Lobbying, Nonprofit Organizations, Political Influences, Political Power, Voluntary Agencies
Independent Sector, 1828 L St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Independent Sector, Washington, DC.