Toolkits & Guides

Hosting a Candidate Forum

To-do lists, dos and don'ts, and a planning timeline, as well as tips on how to attract candidates, select a format, publicize the event, and ensure your forum stays nonpartisan.

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Checklists

Candidate Forum Checklist

A countdown to your candidate forum beginning four months out with a checklist of items for each month and the days and weeks leading up to the event.

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Factsheets

Candidate Appearances at Your Nonprofit Event

Understand the three situations in which candidates may appear at your nonprofit and how to ensure that it remains nonpartisan.

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Webinars

Working with Candidates

Learn about techniques for organizing an effective candidate forum and how to stay nonpartisan throughout the process, and gather tools to help you every step of the way.

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Partner Resources

Factsheets

Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns in an Election Year

How 501(c)(3)s can respond to candidate's position on issues during an election year.

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Factsheets

Candidate Questionnaires and Voter Guides

Follow these guidelines to ensure your candidate questionnaires and voter guides remain nonpartisan.

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Factsheets

Setting the Record Straight: Legislative Scorecards

501(c)(3)s can use voting records to provide constituents with information about how their representatives performed. Use these distribution guidelines to ensure your work does not cross the line into supporting or opposing candidates.

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Toolkits & Guides

Praising and Criticizing Incumbents

501(c)(3)s can educate the public about policy issues and actions taken by elected officials that may be consistent with or conflict with a nonprofit’s position.

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Factsheets

Hosting Candidates at Charitable Events

501(c)(3)s must be careful in dealing with appearances by candidates or their surrogates. This factsheet addresses appearances involving a single candidate, as the rules vary depending on the organization’s reason for inviting the candidate to speak.

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Toolkits & Guides

Hosting Candidate Debates

Use these guidelines to review the rules for nonpartisan candidate forum invitations, format, questions, and more.

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