Founded in 1998 as a project of the Independent Sector, the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) is now a national, nonprofit organization that helps charitable organizations increase their effectiveness and impact through advocacy. Civic participation is the essence of democracy, and nonprofit organizations are one of the most effective vehicles for engaging people in the democratic process. CLPI trains nonprofits and promotes increased advocacy within the nonprofit and philanthropy sector in order to create systemic change on the critical issues of our day.


The Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying in order to strengthen participation in our democratic society and advance the missions of charitable organizations.

Goals: CLPI’s goals are to:

Promote increased nonprofit advocacy by acting as a catalyst for change within the nonprofit and philanthropy sector.
Support increased civic participation by nonprofits and their constituents through education, training and technical assistance.
Protect and expand nonprofit advocacy rights to facilitate civic engagement by nonprofits and their constituents.

CLPI Extras

CLPI Brochure
Celebrating Ten Years brochure
About CLPI Founder Bob Smucker