A Voter Participation Starter Kit: This toolkit will not only help your organization plan and carry out simple and effective nonpartisan voter engagement activities, but it will also explain why nonpartisan voter engagement work is safe, important, and easy for 501(c)(3)s to do.
A Voter Registration Toolkit: Registering to vote is the first step toward becoming an active and engaged voter. Nonprofits are powerful vehicles for ensuring our communities register, participate and vote. This guide explains the basics of conducting voter registration for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.
Getting Started with Voter Engagement | A Checklist: Before you begin, think about why this work is important. Make a list of the benefits of voter reach out work to your organization, your community and the individuals you serve. This might include advancing your issues, building clout, or empowering your clients by promoting engaged and active citizenship.
What Nonprofits Staff Can Do? Nonprofit staff members often have questions about their personal involvement in political campaigns or work with candidates. Outside of work, nonprofit employees are free to exercise their first amendment right to volunteer for candidate campaigns or engage in other partisan political activities. However, it is important to make clear distinctions between personal and professional efforts, as all voter engagement activities on behalf of your nonprofit must remain completely nonpartisan.
Reasons to Register & Vote: There are as many reasons to vote as there are voters. When speaking to your clients and constituents about the reasons for voting, try a variety of different approaches.
Using Social Media to Promote Voting: Nonprofits increasingly use social media to communicate with supporters and the public, attract new members, mobilize public opinion, and promise civic engagement. The prohibition on nonprofits participating in partisan political activities is the same for social media as it is for any other type of communication.