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Bolder Advocacy - A Nuts & Bolts Training for Nonprofits Inspired to Lead Policy Change

  • Sobrato Center for Nonprofits 350 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA, 94065 United States (map)

Thrive and Rise Together Present:

Bolder Advocacy: A Nuts & Bolts Training for Nonprofits Inspired to Lead Policy Change

In partnership with Alliance for Justice and United Way Bay Area, and sponsored by the Sobrato Family Foundation

Standing Up and Speaking Out: Now more than ever, your community is relying on you to stand up and speak out. Think your 501(c)(3) nonprofit status prevents you from advocating for community change? Think again! Join experts from Alliance for Justice (AFJ) to learn about nonpartisan advocacy rights and responsibilities, as well as increase lobbying power of your organization.  The training will also feature United Way Bay Area (UWBA) Policy Team who will share their organization best practices and helpful tools nonprofits can use to become advocacy savvy.  United Way hasn't traditionally been known as an advocacy organization, but that's changed over time and United Way Bay Area is leading the way.  After the training, you'll not only know how to increase your lobbying power and nonpartisan advocacy, but you'll also have access to a network of attorneys who can answer questions if you still need support moving forward.

With this training, you'll have a clear understanding of:

  • 501(c)(3) organizations' rights to lobby;
  • Your annual lobbying limit;
  • What does and doesn't count as lobbying; and
  • How to make the most of your lobbying power.

This training also covers the federal tax law rules about nonpartisan activities for 501(c)(3)s, including how to:

  • Advocate for your organization and your community in a nonpartisan way;
  • Educate the public about the candidates and the issues at stake; and
  • Engage your community members in voter registration, get-out-the-vote efforts, and other election activities.


Sara Matlin, Counsel; Bolder Advocacy Initiative, Alliance for Justice

Sara graduated with a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and a B.A. from Stanford University. She is the chair of the ACLU of Northern California – North Peninsula Chapter and a founder of the San Mateo County Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Sara began her career in policy change advocacy in 1988. She’s excited to use her community organizing and training experience, along with her Spanish/English bilingualism, to broaden the advocacy work of social justice organizations in California and across the country.

Amalia Chamorro, J.D.; Vice President of Public Policy, United Way Bay Area

Amalia leads UWBA’s public policy strategy to cut poverty and is responsible for managing our advocacy efforts. She is a senior manager on the Community Investment Team and in addition to Public Policy, provides program oversight for Emergency Food and Shelter and Labor Community Services.  Amalia brings over 10 years of experience in policy, advocacy, and government relations from the National Council of La Raza, University of California Student Association, and California Restaurant Association. 

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Amalia and her family immigrated to California in 1987. Amalia graduated from high school in California's Central Valley, received her BA in Political Science from UCLA, and earned her law degree from Boston College. Amalia chairs the public policy committee of United Ways of California, and is a member of Solano Children's Alliance advocacy and legislative workgroup and Statewide Boys and Men of Color Alliance jobs policy workgroup.

Will White, MPP; Director of Policy and Government Affairs, United Way Bay Area

Will provides policy analysis, advocacy strategy and implementation, and program support for UWBA. He also serves as the Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the Bay Area and Wine Country, helping to advance the public policy platform of our state association United Ways of California. Having led grassroots campaigns on several environmental and social justice issues in both New York City and the Bay Area, he is an experienced organizer working to build support for UWBA's local and state policy goals.  Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Will has a BA in History from New York University and a Master's in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Non-profit Management, and Urban Policy at the New School in New York City. 

$10 for Thrive Members and Sobrato Family Foundation Grantees
$20 for Non-Members

A light networking breakfast will be served.