The Alliance for Justice Action Campaign (AFJAC) has created a variety of resources – both legal and practical – to help 501(c)(4) organizations navigate the rules and achieve their policy and political objectives. Organized as social welfare organizations, 501(c)(4)s support issues and work to advance their causes every day. They promote their issues in the halls of Congress and on the streets of our communities. They use tools like ballot measures, scorecards, candidate endorsements, debates and forums, and social media.
In addition to these resources, the Alliance for Justice Action Campaign (AFJAC) offers expert training and technical assistance to support progressive 501(c)(4) political activism.
- Guidelines for Starting a 501(c)4 Organization
Guidance for those considering starting a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Offers a step-by-step overview of the process and describes state and federal requirements.
- Fundraising Toolkit for a 501(c)4 Organization
This toolkit addresses how new 501(c)(4) organizations should approach fundraising and discusses the rules and best practices of established organizations.
- 501(c)4 Reporting: When are donors disclosed?
Discusses when—and to whom–501(c)(4) organizations must disclose their donors.
- Partisan Electoral Activity: What is it and what can you do?
Overview of the ways in which 501(c)(4)s, traditional federal PACs, Super PACs, and individuals may support or oppose candidates.
- The Case for Supporting Progressive 501(c)(4)s
Why individual donors should give to c4s.
- Independent Expenditures: What are they and what are the rules?
Explains what an independent expenditure is; how 501(c)(4)s, Conventional PACs, and Super PACs may make them; and reviews the rules and federal law that govern them.
- Sample 1024
Application for recognition under Section 501(a). This is the form prospective 501(c)(4) organizations file.
- Sample 1024 Attachment A
A narrative, sources of support, officers and directors, etc., for a 501(c)(4) corporation.
- Sample 1024 Attachment B
Revenue and expense statement for a 501(c)(4) corporation.
- Sample Articles of Incorporation
Sample Articles of Incorporation language for a 501(c)(4) corporation.
- Sample Bylaws
Sample bylaws for a 501(c)4 corporation.