Politics as usual — What an election year means for nonprofits
Abstract: It’s a myth that nonprofits must remain apolitical. Under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), charitable organizations can participate in advocacy, such as educating the public about an issue central to their mission. And they can even engage in lobbying — within limits. But it’s important for nonprofits to exercise caution when participating in political activities — or they may risk their tax-exempt status. This article explains the different rules for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)6 organizations.