By providing a means for public participation and promotion of the common good, nonprofit organizations play a central role in the democratic process. Nonprofit organizations engage in advocacy and public policy efforts to promote their own constituent and organizational interests, as well as those of the nonprofit sector as a whole. In addition, nonprofits encourage broader public participation in these efforts and, in the process, provide appropriate education and assistance.
- Legal Practices are legally required of all Montana nonprofits
- Essential Practices are widely recognized as industry standards and generally expected of all nonprofits
- Recommended Practices should be considered by all nonprofits, with implementation dependent on capacity and life stage