For nonprofits, less is more on political advocacy

BEACH CLEANUP: Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone, left, speaks with a volunteer at a cleanup in the Oakland Beach neighborhood of Warwick during last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Above right, a logo in support of Question No. 3 on next month’s ballot created by Save The Bay. 
 / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY
BEACH CLEANUP: Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone, left, speaks with a volunteer at a cleanup in the Oakland Beach neighborhood of Warwick during last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Above right, a logo in support of Question No. 3 on next month’s ballot created by Save The Bay. 
 / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY
Rhode Island nonprofits, to varying degrees, have thrown their weight behind certain causes in past elections that align with their missions. But some have learned the hard way that there are risks in political advocacy for organizations that rely on fundraising and public support. According to the Internal Revenue Service, “All section 501(c)(3) organizations are…
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