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Be an Advocate with SVCN

"When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful"

         - Malala Yousafzai

Why

Advocacy?

Advocacy is a necessary and powerful means to enact change. As nonprofit organizations, it is important that we advocate for the voices in our communities that have been historically silenced and repressed. We must amplify their calls by taking all the necessary steps and actions to create a more just and equitable world. SVCN is committed to advocating for the nonprofit sector and for the communities in which our nonprofits serve. Everyone has the power to advocate and be an ally, and SVCN is here to provide resources and best practices for nonprofit organizations to utilize when advocating for themselves and their communities.

Local Elected Officials

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Mike Wasserman - District 1

 

Contact Information

Email: district1@bos.sccgov.org

Phone: (408) 299-5010

Website

Supervisor Cindy Chavez - District 2

Contact Information

Email: cindy.chavez@bos.sccgov.org

Phone: (408) 299-5020

Website

Supervisor Otto Lee - District 3

 

Contact Information

Email: supervisor.lee@bos.sccgov.org

Phone: (408) 299-5030

Website

Supervisor Mike Susan Ellenberg - District 4

 

Contact Information

Email: supervisor.ellenberg@bos.sccgov.org

Phone: (408) 299-5040

Website

Supervisor Joe Simitian - District 5

Contact Information

Email: supervisor.simitian@bos.sccgov.org

Phone: (408) 299-5050

Website

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City of San Jose City Council

Mayor Sam Liccardo

Contact Information

Email: mayoremail@sanjoseca.gov

Phone: (408) 535-4800

Website

Councilmember Raul Peralez - District 3

Contact Information

Email: District3@sanjoseca.gov

Phone: (408) 535-4903

Website

Vice Mayor Charles Jones - District 1

Contact Information

Email: District1@sanjoseca.gov

Phone: (408) 535-4901

Website

Councilmember David Cohen - District 4

Contact Information

Email: District4@sanjoseca.gov

Phone: (408) 535-4904

Website

Councilmember Sergio Jimenez - District 2

Contact Information

Email: District2@sanjoseca.gov

Phone: (408) 535-4902

Website

Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco - District 5

Contact Information

Email: District5@sanjoseca.gov

Phone: (408) 535-4905

Website

Nonprofit Rules and Regulations

As a nonprofit organization, it is imperative to engage in appropriate advocacy activities that support our communities. It is equally important to understand the difference between advocacy and lobbying. All lobbying is considered advocacy but not all advocacy is lobbying, and it is vital that as nonprofits we understand this distinction. Further, we must understand and comply with rules and regulations related to nonprofit lobbying to most efficiently enact change within the constraints of government guidelines.

IRS Policies for 501(C)(3) Organizations

Resources to Help Comply with IRS Guidelines

Advocacy Record

Continuity of Payment to Nonprofits -- Proposed Santa Clara County Policy*
Statement of Kyra Kazantzis, SVCN CEO, on Coronavirus*

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Past Advocacy Records (Pre-2016)

Past Advocacy Records (Post-2016)

Ballot Measures, Measure A

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Measure E & V in San Jose

  • Stay happy, healthy, and safe!!! - Josh

April 2018-19, Staff to Storm Board Chambers?

You're almost through the day! Keep up the good work!!!

- Josh R

Pandemic Relief Efforts, CADRE, and more!

Last one!! Woohoo!!

- Joshua Raymundo

Contact the Policy Director:
Nick Kuwada
Email: nkuwada@svcn.org

Living Wage for CBO Contractors

  • Living Wage Recommendations (2nd Draft)​

Senior Nutrition Program

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