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A wise man (and a wise guy) once said to a bunch of local chamber of commerce members, “If you’re in business, you’re in politics.” That’s even truer if you are in the nonprofit business.

Nonprofits—social service organizations, charities, advocacy groups and voluntary associations—are joined at the hip to the public policy decisions of government officials, both politicians and bureaucrats. Unlike private for-profit businesses, which can often (although don’t always) operate in the private marketplace with limited impacts from public policy, nonpr