Advocacy is critical for sustaining and growing your program and the overall community land trust and permanently affordable housing field. On this page, you will find material to help clarify the role of nonprofits in political advocacy (what you can and cannot do) and tools to help you and your organization become more effective advocates.
Model Documents & Examples
These tools were developed to help Network Members plan and conduct advocacy events. They were also used to help Network staff, board and Resident Ambassadors conduct 60 advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill in 2015
This handout (PDF Document) was used by the Network to advocate on behalf our Members in 2015 on Capitol Hill. It explains the CLT/PAH program and asks congress to increase funding for the HOME and CDBG programs.
Affordable Rental Housing ACTION (A Call To Invest in Our Neighborhoods) is a national, grassroots campaign to protect and preserve the low income housing tax credit led by a broad, cross-industry coalition of over 650 national, state, and local organizations.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. Go straight to their housing advocacy by clicking here.
The National Housing Conference is dedicated to helping ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all in America. Through evidence-based advocacy for the continuum of housing, NHC develops ideas, resources and policy solutions to shape an improved housing landscape.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
Resources on the "nuts and bolts" of advocating as well as guidance on the IRS distinction between advocacy and lobbying.
Tools and training to help you engage your board in advocacy efforts. The Board Advocacy Project Initiated by BoardSource — together with support from a number of National Foundations.
Tips and tools for becoming top-notch nonprofit advocates.