Houston Center for Literacy
advocates and rasises awareness for public policies that strengthen
the literacy landscape in our city, across Texas, and nationally.
We work collaboratively with providers and coalitons in order to
develop a system where state agencies, publicy funded programs, and
community-based organizations create a network of literacy and
adult basic education services. Learn more about the issues we are
tracking, and find out what is impacting adult literacy today.
About Nonprofit Advocacy
The goal of HCL's advocacy effort is to increase awareness of the
need for literacy services in Houston. Advocacy is a broad term
that can include activities designed to increase volunteer
participation, funding, awareness, research, and policy. It is
vital for literacy organizations to participate in shaping the
conversation about how we can improve literacy rates in our state.
Advocacy is often confused with lobbying.
Lobbying is any activity designed to shape legislative outcomes.
There are several different guides regarding lobbying activities
that charitable organizations should be aware of before they embark
on advocacy efforts. The links listed below should serve as a guide
for organizations to learn how to advocate and which activities are
allowed under the federal and Texas rules for lobbying.
Briefing Paper: Nonprofit
Advocacy (prepared by Learning to
Guide (prepared by the Texas Ethics
Disclosure Guide (prepared by U.S. House of
IRS Rules for Political
and Lobbying Activities (prepared by the
Nonprofits and Lobbying:
Yes, They can! (prepared by the American Bar
Determining the Need for
the 501(h) election (prepared by the National Council of
IRS 501(h) Election
Form (prepared by the IRS)