Nonprofit organizations are natural advocates. They are formed around charitable, not self, interest. They care – passionately – about the work they are doing. They advocate for their issues and constituencies in a variety of ways. One of the many ways they effect change is to look at public policy and the way policies may impact the people the nonprofit is serving.
Looking at policy is not the same as “politics”, even though it is politicians who make policy. Nonprofits are prohibited by IRS regulations from engaging in politics. There is very good information on how to tell the difference on the Web. Try the following sites:
Advocacy for effective public policy results in a lot of people’s lives positively impacted, augmenting one-on-one assistance. Advocacy is an educational process, resulting in positive changes for our community. Just do it!