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The Retreat of Influence: Exploring the Decline of Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Engagement

This report finds that:

  • A significantly lower proportion of nonprofits report advocating or lobbying compared to 20 years ago.
  • Mission plays the largest role in determining nonprofit advocacy and lobbying.
  • Today, significantly fewer nonprofits know advocacy activities they are legally allowed to do compared to 20 years ago.
  • Only 13% of nonprofits conduct nonpartisan activities to help people vote.

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