Non profit organizations often talk to elected officials on policy issues but the guidance on what constitutes the boundary between lobbying and education is unclear to me. As defined by the IRS, 501c3 organization can do some lobbying but it seems to me that guidance remains unclear on to permissible extent. Is there a clear guideline for a 501c3 organization on what they can do related to policy advocacy and engagement with elected officials?

For example, if an animal shelter 501c3 org (NGO) whats to support some bill, are there limitations on the level of engagment they can have with elected officials?

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