On May 1st, the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) launched their Vote with Your Mission campaign with the goal of 100% participation among California’s nonprofit staff and volunteers in the upcoming June and November elections.
What does “Vote with Your Mission” mean? CalNonprofits explains that “all of us have come to work and volunteer in nonprofits because we have ideals about changing the world. Whatever those ideals are, use your vote to further them.”
CalNonprofits paves the way by clarifying Frequently Asked Legal Questions and providing a variety of election information and a Vote with Your Mission Campaign Kit. By joining the campaign, nonprofits pledge to complete at least two tasks–such as putting up a poster in a visible area, providing on-site voter registration materials, adopting the “Vote with Your Mission” slogan, and more.
Participants are encouraged to reach out to other nonprofits and CalNonprofits even provides a sample email. Already, over 60 nonprofits have signed on, with more joining daily. This type of leadership in the nonprofit community is helping to steer voter engagement toward the mainstream.
But you don’t have to be a California nonprofit to join the voter engagement movement or to encourage your affiliates to vote with your mission! Browse Nonprofit VOTE’s materials for ideas on how to get started. Just don’t wait until it’s too late–prepare for this year’s election(s) now!