Advocacy is Important
Advocacy is active support for a cause – your museum, archive, library, historical society, or historic property. Without advocacy, collecting institutions are not at the table when decisions are made about funding, about regulations, about public policy, about taxes. Cultural organizations are affected in many ways by local government, state government and Congress.
Advocacy is Information
You have the right, and the duty, to talk to your elected officials about issues affecting your museum. They need to know the good work you do, and what you need to continue your good work. It is as straightforward as a conversation.
Advocacy is Not Lobbying
Educating legislators and regulators about issues affecting your museum is not prohibited by law and will not endanger your nonprofit status. You have a right to advocate on behalf of a cause you believe in. It’s the American way, and our legislators and elected officials need the information we provide to help them make difficult decisions. Find out more about advocacy vs. lobbying and learn about some of the rules for public charities.
(adapted from the Virginia Association of Museums)
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