What is lobbying? Lobbying (from Wikipedia) is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government. While the IRS places restrictions on the amount of lobbying nonprofits (designated as a 501(c)3) can engage in, individuals are free to contact their Federal and state Congressmen, city or county council members, or other elected officials about concerns they have in their community. How do I lobby my elected officials? There are 4 main ways to lobby your elected officials.
- Letter writing
- Phone Call
What do I say?
- 6 Practical tips on how to lobby your legislator or elected official
- Learn more about the issues and process of lobbying in this PowerPoint presentation: Lobbying for the Hungry and Homeless
How do I find contact information for my elected officials?
- Congressional member directory (includes both Representatives and Senators)
- State legislators and elected officials
- Local elected officials (cities, counties, townships, etc.)
- Federal agencies and departments
What are other ways to get involved in ending homelessness?