One of the most pervasive misconceptions about nonprofit organizations is that they can’t lobby or advocate for policy change. The fact is that, while there are handful of things nonprofits can’t do or can only do on a limited basis, there are far more that they can and should be doing. Nonprofits are trying to tackle massive social problems, many of them the result of policies and systems. Undoing these social problems will require nonprofits to change the policies and systems that perpetuate inequity.
Check out this overview of what nonprofits can and can’t do to impact public policy. Also available in pdf.