Showing posts tagged with: "nonprofit voter engagement"

10 Things to Do from Now until Election Day . August 3, 2016

November 8th is just weeks away. Early voting starts in a month in early October in some states. There’s still a great deal your nonprofit can do to encourage voting and raise the profile of Election Day. Promote Early Voting Opportunities. Early voting can allow voters to avoid lines and provides additional flexibility in casting a ballot... read more

October 1 Webinar: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote . September 23, 2015

Election Day 2015 is less than two months away. Find out what your nonprofit can do to encourage voting and help get your community to the polls! Nonprofits Get Out the Vote Thursday, October 1st at 2:00pm Eastern You’ve done the hard work of registering your community, now it’s time to turn them out to vote! In this webinar we’ll... read more

For Your Mission’s Sake: Spread the Word about Nonprofit Votes Count . September 10, 2015

This post is adapted from a September 8, 2015 article by Melissa Barwick, State Policy Associate at the National Council of Nonprofits’ website. How does voter engagement really align with a nonprofit’s mission? That’s a question many nonprofit professionals have probably asked themselves in the weeks since the launch of Nonprofit... read more

#NPVotesCount Gains Momentum . July 28, 2015

Last week, Nonprofit VOTE, Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits, and United Way Worldwide launched a campaign to encourage nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers to get registered and to vote. “Voter registration is the first step in making our voices heard as citizens,” said Geoff Plague, Vice President of Public Policy... read more

Nonprofit Votes Count Campaign . July 23, 2015

Nonprofit VOTE has joined with Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits and United Way Worldwide in a campaign to encourage nonprofit staff, board members and other volunteers to get registered and to vote. Called Nonprofit Votes Count, the campaign makes available a wealth of resources that make it easy for nonprofits like yours to ensure... read more

July 14 Webinar: Ballot Measure Advocacy . June 29, 2015

Did you know that your nonprofit can encourage your constituents to vote for or against a ballot measure? Join us to learn more about what nonprofits can do on ballot measures: Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits Tuesday, July 14th at 2:00pm Eastern Nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates, but they can take a stand on... read more

June 18: Harnessing the Power of the Nonprofit Vote . June 12, 2015

The Independent Sector, National Council of Nonprofits, Nonprofit VOTE and United Way Worldwide are sponsoring a national campaign called Nonprofit Votes Count to encourage nonprofit employees and volunteers to register and vote, and to build awareness among the charitable community about how many engaged voters are in our coalitions. Join us for a... read more

Upcoming Candidate Engagement Webinar: Forums, Appearances & More . June 3, 2015

Your nonprofit cannot support or oppose candidates but that doesn’t mean you can’t engage them. RSVP to learn more during next week’s webinar Candidate Engagement: Forums, Appearances and More Thursday, June 11th at 2:00pm Eastern Candidate engagement is a powerful way not only to educate your constituents about the candidates and... read more

Webinar Materials: Getting Started . May 19, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s webinar, Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement for Nonprofits. We would like to offer special thanks to our featured presenters Erika Anthony, senior director of advocacy, policy & research at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Lindsey Hodel, national field director at Nonprofit... read more

North Carolina Nonprofits Turn Out the Vote . May 11, 2015

In 2014, Nonprofit VOTE conducted a multi-state study to analyze the voter engagement strategies of nonprofit service providers. More than 100 nonprofits participated, reaching more than 45,000 clients, consumers, and constituents about registering or pledging to vote. Early analysis has revealed that in North Carolina, nonprofits participating in the... read more

May 14 Webinar: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits . May 8, 2015

Are you eager to “get started” doing voter engagement work, but unsure of how to begin? Join us next week for a nonpartisan voter engagement primer: Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement for Nonprofits Thursday, May 14th at 2:00pm Eastern This introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work covers the basics–voter registration,... read more

Don’t Overlook 2015 . April 24, 2015

While there are already candidates officially running for office in 2016, this year’s elections should not be overlooked. In 2015, 558 cities will hold mayoral elections. Although national elections get the majority of news coverage, “It’s often these local governments that determine policy issues about policing, education, transportation,... read more

Webinar Materials: Being Nonpartisan . April 21, 2015

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last Thursday’s webinar, Being Nonpartisan: Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits. We would like to offer special thanks to our featured presenter, our own George Pillsbury, founder and senior consultant at Nonprofit VOTE. Please feel free to download the webinar PowerPoint presentation, download an audio... read more

April 16 Webinar: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits . April 9, 2015

Interested in voter engagement but not sure what the rules are? We’ve got you covered. Join us next week for: Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits Thursday, April 16th at 2:00pm Eastern Learn about IRS guidelines for 501(c)(3) organizations on staying nonpartisan when engaging your clients, staff, and constituents around... read more

Bridging Today’s Voting Gaps . March 16, 2015

In his address in Selma earlier this month, President Obama asked, “What is our excuse today for not voting? How do we so casually discard the right for which so many fought? How do we so fully give away our power, our voice, in shaping America’s future?” Despite the passage of the Voting Rights Act, voting isn’t always easy.... read more

Partner Spotlight: YWCA USA . February 11, 2015

Last year, 45 local YWCAs in 38 states signed up as National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) partners. The YWCA was the second most represented national network, behind only the League of Women Voters. Beyond their strong NVRD participation, the YWCA mobilized 18 affiliates in 17 states who contacted 2,811 individuals about registering and voting in the... read more

From Voting Rights to Voting Action . February 9, 2015

At Nonprofit VOTE we honor the hard-won victories of our predecessors by ensuring that as many Americans as possible cast a ballot on Election Day. Fifty years ago a grassroots mobilization was underway that would lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation that dramatically expanded the right to vote in America. Although... read more

The Benefits of Voting: Who Votes Matters . January 29, 2015

Until recently, conventional wisdom held that those who vote on a regular basis and those who don’t have similar views on most issues. However, new research shows that “nonvoters”–those who don’t vote regularly or at all, and who are disproportionately lower income, younger, and new citizens–differ markedly on issues like the role... read more

The Benefits of Voting for Nonprofits . January 27, 2015

Voter engagement efforts build stronger nonprofits. Nonprofits whose communities vote have more access to elected officials, increased clout on issues, and are better positioned to advance their mission. Nonprofits reach people missed by traditional campaigns, contributing to more active citizenship and an electorate that more fully represents the communities... read more

February 19 Webinar: Make a Voter Engagement Plan . January 23, 2015

Have you thought about your plans for 2015? Join Nonprofit VOTE for our upcoming webinar: Plan Ahead 2015: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit Thursday, February 19th at 2:00pm Eastern Voter engagement takes planning. Now is the time to start thinking about your nonprofit’s plan for registering, educating, and engaging voters... read more

The Benefits of Voting for Voters . January 22, 2015

Nonprofit voter engagement is good for organizations, but did you know that it’s also good for the people you serve? Voting is connected with a host of positive benefits for the individual voter. Compared to non-voters, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs. Voting is associated... read more

2015 Webinar Series Preview . January 12, 2015

A New Year and new elections can only mean one thing–the return of Nonprofit VOTE’s webinar series! In 2015 we will cover a variety of nonprofit voter engagement topics, including:Nonpartisan Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits, Voter Registration, Voter Turnout in the 2014 Midterm Election, Candidate Engagement, Ballot Measure Advocacy, National... read more

Make Your 2015 Voter Engagement Plan . January 9, 2015

The 2016 presidential election will garner major media attention this year as candidates seek to position themselves ahead of the primary elections that kick off next January. This attention overshadows the many important elections happening around the country in 2015 including mayoral and gubernatorial races. If your community doesn’t have an... read more

Nonprofit VOTE Highlights from 2014 . December 12, 2014

Much has been written about turnout in this year’s election: it was the lowest in 72 years at 37%, but still typical for a midterm. Less known is that voters served by nonprofits–youth and voters of color–increased their share of the electorate compared to the 2010 midterm. This trend will continue in election cycles to come. Despite... read more

12 Days of Voter Engagement Resources . December 8, 2014

To wrap up 2014, Nonprofit VOTE is celebrating with 12 Days of Voter Engagement Resources! This series will highlight our top voter engagement resources for nonprofits. We hope it will both inspire you and help you prepare as your organization plans for 2015 and beyond. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook as we unveil a different resource every... read more

Bright Lines in the New Year . December 4, 2014

Last November the IRS issued a proposal regarding changes to the political activities of 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations. The initial proposal was ultimately withdrawn this year after receiving more than 160,000 public comments, including input from Nonprofit VOTE and its partners. Nonprofit VOTE’s comments made Adler & Colvin’s List... read more

2014 Midterm Demonstrates Why Nonprofits Matter to Elections . December 1, 2014

In 2014, more than half of voters reported that they were not contacted by a party or a campaign. Nonprofits have an important role to play in increasing turnout because we have relationships with many of the individuals that will not otherwise be contacted about voting. Moreover, past research show that nonprofits are effective at increasing turnout... read more

After the Election: Engage with Elected Officials . November 19, 2014

The 2014 midterm is over. Nonprofits are done until the next election, right? Not even close. While one of the main goals of nonprofit voter engagement is community empowerment and helping people vote, it’s not the only priority. Nonprofit voter engagement benefits both nonprofits and the people we serve. (For specifics, see our Benefits of Voting... read more

Outreach to “Unlikely” Voters Creates Voters . November 17, 2014

Thad Kousser, a professor of political science at UC San Diego, recently wrote in the The Los Angeles Times about low voter turnout in California. In the June 2014 primary, only a quarter of registered voters cast a ballot, the lowest turnout rate ever in a California primary. In addition to the general turnout problem, Professor Kousser also pointed... read more

The Latino Electorate and the 2014 Midterm . November 14, 2014

On Wednesday, Nonprofit VOTE hosted a webinar debrief on 2014 voter turnout. For a more in-depth look at Latino turnout we wanted to share data from the experts at Latino Decisions and their 2014 Election Eve Poll, which summarizes data from interviews with 4,200 Latino voters in 10 states contacted between October 29 and November 3. Some of their findings... read more

Nonprofit Voter Engagement: North Carolina Leads by Example . November 10, 2014

Last month the Citizen-Times covered Asheville area nonprofits and their get-out-the-vote efforts. The article highlighted:Children First / Communities In Schools printed 40,000 copies of its 2014 Buncombe County Voter Guide. The guide covered candidates’ views on child poverty, education, health, social services to low-income families, affordable... read more

Post-Election Wake-Up Call . November 7, 2014

The following was written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director of the Building Movement Project, and originally appeared on their blog. Reprinted here with permission.In the wake of Tuesday’s elections, I was left wondering how many nonprofits had registered and turned out voters. This year’s midterms will probably be remembered for the apparent... read more

Nonprofits and Nonvoters . November 3, 2014

Read on to learn about nonvoters and how nonprofits can successfully turn them into voters! [View the story “Nonprofits and Nonvoters” on Storify] read more

Countdown to Election Day: 2014 Election Day Toolbox . October 29, 2014

Be prepared to assist and encourage voters next Tuesday, November 4th. Voters are more likely to participate if they believe turnout will be high, and your reminders can convince people to head to the polls.Send a communication to your audience promoting the voting tools below. Make the election visible. Advertise polling hours prominently on your... read more

Do’s & Don’ts: Public Charities in an Election Year . October 28, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE helps 501(c)(3) nonprofits incorporate nonpartisan election activities into their services and activities. There is a wide variety of permissible activities nonprofits can do and we offer a range of resources to help your organization, whether you’re getting started for the first time or want to try out more complex candidate engagement... read more

Seven Principles for Getting Out the Vote . October 27, 2014

November 4th is almost here! Over the next week, your discussions with clients and constituents about voting are critical. Use these tested strategies to make your get-out-the-vote efforts as effective as possible.Make it Personal Voter mobilization research shows that people are more likely to participate when contacted personally by someone they... read more

What Nonprofit Staff Can Do . October 21, 2014

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 volunteer for candidate campaigns or engage in other partisan political activities. However, it is important to make clear distinctions between personal and professional efforts,... read more

Countdown to Election Day: Ballot Measures .

On November 4th voters will decide the fate of 146 statewide ballot measures in 42 states. While nonprofits cannot endorse or oppose candidates for office, they can engage their communities around ballot measures. Your efforts for or against a ballot measure are considered lobbying not electioneering. Therefore, your nonprofit can:Take a stand on... read more

Countdown to Election Day: Promote Early Voting . October 16, 2014

The 2014 election is underway! As of October 15, 800,839 ballots have been cast in reporting jurisdictions. (Ballot count updated daily.) In 2010 over 19 million ballots were cast before Election Day. There are two ways to cast a ballot before Election Day: 1) by mail, or 2) in-person during a designated period prior to Election Day. While early voting... read more

Webinar Materials: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote . October 10, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Nonprofits Get Out the Vote, is now available. Many thanks to Abby Kiesa of CIRCLE for presenting. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation. Below are... read more

Nonprofits Engage Candidates, Raise Profile . October 8, 2014

Nonprofits are bringing a spotlight to our sector’s issues this year and they’re doing it by engaging candidates. Engaging candidates on a nonpartisan basis shows future elected officials that our nonprofits are paying attention and that our communities vote. The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers hosted a gubernatorial forum... read more

October 9th Webinar: Nonprofits Get Out the Vote . October 2, 2014

Election Day is less than five weeks away. Find out what your nonprofit can do to encourage voting and help get your community to the polls! Nonprofits Get Out the Vote Thursday October 9th at 2:00pm ET On November 4th, voters will decide on all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 36 Senate seats, 36 Governorships, and numerous contests for local... read more

Webinar Materials: Expanding the Right to Vote . September 19, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Expanding the Right to Vote in 2014, is now available. Many thanks to Jonathan Brater of the Brennan Center for presenting. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion... read more

NVRD Messaging for Nonprofits .

Over 2,000 partners have signed on to participate in National Voter Registration Day. Many are nonprofit service providers, whose approach to voter engagement and messaging around registration often differs from other organizations. Nonprofit VOTE has developed a few communications samples to help nonprofits talk about their participation in this exciting... read more

New Voter Registration Training Video . September 4, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to share our latest voter registration resource for nonprofits. This new video walks you through the process of asking a potential voter to register, as well as how to fill out a registration form. It features two scenarios, one for registering a new voter and another for updating an address. Offering voter registration is... read more

September 18th Webinar: Expanding the Right to Vote . September 3, 2014

Voting laws are constantly changing. Stay up to date with what’s happening and how you can help your community vote. Expanding the Right to Vote in 2014 Thursday September 18th at 2:00pm ET 2014 has seen a range of new developments in voting and elections. Join us for an overview of recent trends in voting and election law, as well as how to... read more

Webinar Materials: Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit . August 22, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit, is now available. Many thanks to Rebecca Gorrell of the Colorado Participation Project for presenting. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation... read more

The Important Role of Nonprofits .

A 2006 survey by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation asked respondents “who/what influences whether or not you will vote?” and the top answers included:Family: 38% Community Organizations: 35% Media Ad: 10% No Response: 9% Friends: 8%The high level of respect for community organizations showed in this poll reinforces... read more

Nonprofits Get Out the Vote: The Power and Benefits of Being a Voter . August 19, 2014

The following originally appeared as part of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network‘s Nonprofit411 series. On November 4th, 36 senators, 36 governors, and all 435 members of the House of Representatives will be up for election. Here in Massachusetts, every statewide office, the state legislature, four (contentious) ballot questions, and numerous... read more

November 4th Store . August 14, 2014

Visibility is key to voter engagement efforts. Promoting the election and offering reminders can help increase the likelihood that voters will register and turn out on Election Day. “Vote November 4” buttons, stickers, and posters are available in our online store to help with your 2014 voter engagement efforts. All items are offered at... read more

August 21st Webinar: Nonprofit Voter Registration . August 12, 2014

Want to register voters in your community but aren’t sure about the rules or what tactics to use? Join our upcoming webinar: Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit Thursday August 21st at 2:00pm ET Voter registration is a foundational voter engagement activity. Learn how your nonprofit can integrate voter registration into the work you already... read more

Webinar Materials: Ballot Measure Advocacy . July 25, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits, is now available. Many thanks to Abby Levine of Bolder Advocacy for joining us. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio... read more

The 2014 Midterm and Your Nonprofit: Making it Count . July 21, 2014

The following appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Nonprofit Advantage, produced by the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. This fall, 33 Senators, 36 Governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives will be on ballots across the country. Already, 47 ballot questions are certified for spots on nineteen statewide ballots. There are lots... read more

Why Voter Registration Matters . July 7, 2014

In every state except North Dakota, you must first register before being able to vote. Thus, voter registration is critical to the voter engagement efforts of nonprofits. While some states allow same-day registration (the ability to register or update your registration information and then cast a ballot), most have advance registration deadlines that... read more

Why Don’t Registered Voters Vote? . July 2, 2014

Through their Current Population Survey (Voting and Registration), the Census Bureau surveyed Americans who were registered but did not vote in the 2012 presidential election. The top reasons for not voting were:Too busy, conflicting work or school schedules: 20 percent Not interested, felt like my vote wouldn’t make a difference: 16 percent Illness... read more

Webinar Materials: Candidate Engagement . July 1, 2014

Last week’s webinar, Candidate Engagement: Forums, Appearances, and More, is now available. Many thanks to Cheryl Clyburn Crawford of MassVOTE for joining us. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio... read more

Voting and Health: 5 Reasons It’s Good For You . June 27, 2014

Voting not only helps advance the work of your nonprofit, but it can also benefit the individuals you serve. Interested in new ways of talking to your community about voting? Consider sharing our latest resource that highlights the health benefits of voting. Voting & Health: 5 Reasons It’s Good For You:It Strengthens Social Ties. Voting... read more

Factsheet Series Updated for 2014 . June 25, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE has update our factsheet series for 2014! Get the latest on candidate appearances, ballot measures, what staff can do, and more. In addition to our general factsheet series, we’ll also be releasing a new series in July on the Benefits of Voting. However, the first installment, Voting and Health: 5 Reasons It’s Good for You,... read more

IRS to Readress Nonprofits and Political Activity . June 24, 2014

Last November the IRS issued a proposal regarding changes to the political activities of 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations. The initial proposal was ultimately withdrawn this year after receiving more than 150,000 public comments, including input from Nonprofit VOTE and its partners. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen noted that “There are three issues:... read more

PTA – A New National Partner . June 18, 2014

One of Nonprofit VOTE’s newest partners, the National PTA, is already maximizing their work. The National PTA’s purpose is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. To facilitate this, the PTA identified and cobranded the Nonprofit VOTE resources they found... read more

How to Approach “The Great Unengaged” . June 11, 2014

Of the 23.3 million voting-eligible Latino adult U.S. citizens, only an estimated 13.7 million are registered to vote. To better understand the nearly 10 million unregistered potential Latino voters, NALEO Educational Fund engaged the research firm Latino Decisions to conduct a national survey and series of focus groups to uncover the reasons that voting-eligible,... read more

Get a Voter Registration Tool for Your Website . May 19, 2014

Don’t wait. The election is only six months away. Nonprofit VOTE is making it easy for you to help ensure your community can participate. Our new voter registration tool makes registering or updating your registration fast and easy. Developed by Rock the Vote and improved over several election cycles, it is state-specific and uses simple prompts... read more

Webinar Materials: Voter Registration . May 16, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Voter Registration at Your Nonprofit, is now available. Many thanks to Jeff Narabrook from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State for joining us. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation... read more

Nonprofit VOTE’s IRS Comments Make Top 25 List . May 1, 2014

Earlier this year, Nonprofit VOTE submitted comments to the IRS regarding proposed changes to the political activities of 501(c)(4) organizations. This month, Adler & Colvin began publishing a list of the Top 25 Comments on the IRS Proposed Political Activity Rules. Nonprofit VOTE was number 18, along with Project VOTE and Rock the Vote. IRS Commissioner... read more

Webinar Materials: Getting Started . April 18, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement at Your Nonprofit, is now available. Many thanks to MassVOTE’s Sara Brady for sharing her expertise. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation... read more

Nonprofits, Voting and Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide to Nonpartisan Voter Engagement . April 10, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to announce that an updated version of our resource, Nonprofits, Voting and Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide to Nonpartisan Voter Engagement, is now available online. It is designed to provide guidance to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations interested in encouraging voting and voter participation among their staff, board, clients,... read more

Who Votes Matters . April 8, 2014

30 years ago common wisdom said there was little difference between the beliefs of voters and non-voters. However, a new book, Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality and Turnout in the United States, shows that today there’s a marked difference between the issue preferences of those who vote and those who don’t. The groups divide on... read more

April 17th Webinar: Getting Started . April 7, 2014

Interested in voter engagement but not sure where to start? Then join us for: Getting Started: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement at Your Nonprofit Thursday April 17th at 2:00pm Eastern This introduction to nonprofit voter engagement work covers the basics while focusing on how to integrate activities into the services you already provide. We’ll cover... read more

Webinar Materials: Being Nonpartisan – 501(c)(3) Voter Engagement . March 25, 2014

Last week’s webinar, Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits, is now available. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation, or browse all of our nonpartisan... read more

Thursday Webinar: Making a 2014 Voter Engagement Plan . February 24, 2014

Missed last month’s webinar? No problem, we can still help you make a plan for your 2014 voter engagement work. Register now for this week’s webinar: Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit Thursday February 27th at 2:00pm Eastern The 2014 midterm elections will be here soon, and it’s time to start thinking... read more

Comments to IRS: Protect Our Nonpartisan Voice for Civic Engagement and Democracy . February 20, 2014

This week, Nonprofit VOTE responded to the IRS proposal to limit the political activities of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. Comments are due February 27th. Nonprofit VOTE and its partners welcome IRS action to stop the rising abuse of 501(c)(4) nonprofits to channel large amounts of secret, undisclosed money into political campaigns. However,... read more

February 27 Webinar: Making a 2014 Voter Engagement Plan . February 11, 2014

Missed last month’s webinar? No problem, we can still help you make a plan for your 2014 voter engagement work. Register now for: Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit Thursday February 27th at 2:00pm Eastern The 2014 midterm elections will be here soon, and it’s time to start thinking about your nonprofit’s... read more

New Resource: 2014 Voter Engagement Timeline . February 10, 2014

To help you plan and organize your voter engagement work this year, we’ve created a 2014 Voter Registration and Engagement Timeline for Nonprofits and Human Service Agencies. Broken down by month, this checklist will help ensure your work is on track. It highlights planning activities for early in the year, ideas for testing out your efforts,... read more

Nonprofit VOTE’s New Online Voter Engagement Resource Library . January 27, 2014

Earlier this month, Nonprofit VOTE debuted our new website. Featured on the site is the nation’s largest online library of voter engagement resources for nonprofits. The library contains over 200 guides, toolkits, factsheets, posters, training presentations, and information about nonprofits and elections. It includes the latest voter engagement... read more

Webinar Materials: Making a 2014 Voter Engagement Plan . January 24, 2014

Yesterday’s webinar, Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit, is now available. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation and the audio portion of the presentation, or browse all of... read more

New Year, New Website . January 7, 2014

Nonprofit VOTE is kicking off 2014 with a new look! Today we’re debuting our redesigned website. The site is simple, clean, easy to navigate, and of course nonpartisan and nonprofit friendly! Although the design may be different, the quality content and helpful resources haven’t changed. Featured on the site is our new online voter engagement... read more

January 23rd: Making a Voter Engagement Plan . January 2, 2014

It’s January, which means it’s time to start making a voter engagement plan! The midterm elections are November 4th, and 35 Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. At least 21 states will have state-wide ballot measures. Make sure your nonprofit is prepared by joining our January webinar: Plan... read more

What We Learned in 2013 . December 13, 2013

As 2013 ends, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what we learned this year. This summer, Nonprofit VOTE released a two-part report, Can Nonprofits Increase Voting Among Their Clients, Constituents, and Staff? An Evaluation of the Track the Vote Program. While Part I of the report showcases the impact of nonprofit voter engagement on turnout in... read more

January Webinar: Making a Plan for 2014 . December 11, 2013

Midterm elections are next year and 35 Senate seats will be up for election along with all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. At least 21 states will have state-wide ballot measures. Join our January webinar to ensure your nonprofit is prepared: Plan Ahead 2014: Build a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit  Thursday January 23rd at... read more

Voter Engagement Case Studies – Learning From 2012 . November 12, 2013

How do nonprofits carry out voter engagement work? Our report Can Nonprofits Increase Voting Among Their Clients, Constituents, and Staff? Case Studies describes how 16 organizations engaged their communities around the 2012 election. These organizations were among the 94 nonprofit service providers that tracked their voter contacts with 33,741 individuals... read more

Webinar Materials: Nonprofits Increase Voting . October 25, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Nonprofits Increase Voting: Findings from 2012, is now available. Many thanks to Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg of CIRCLE and Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter from Democracy North Carolina for joining us for this discussion. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is... read more

Thursday: Nonprofits Increase Voting – Findings from 2012 . October 21, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar:  Nonprofits Increase Voting: Findings from 2012 Thursday October 24th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternWhat happens when nonprofits talk to their constituents about voting? To find out, Nonprofit VOTE and its partners enlisted 94 nonprofit service providers to track their voter contacts with... read more

"Yes, we vote" . October 8, 2013

By Michael Weekes, President of the Providers’ Council. Reprinted from The Provider, the newspaper of the Providers’ Council, Summer 2013 issue.   Nonprofit VOTE, the nation’s leading nonpartisan source focused on engaging nonprofits in registering voters and promoting voting through mission-focused activities, has released a seminal... read more

October Webinar: Nonprofits Increase Voting – Findings from 2012 . September 30, 2013

Nonprofits Increase Voting: Findings from 2012 Thursday October 24th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternWhat happens when nonprofits talk to their constituents about voting? To find out, Nonprofit VOTE and its partners enlisted 94 nonprofit service providers to track their voter contacts with 33,741 individuals in seven states during the 2012 election. Afterward,... read more

It’s National Voter Registration Day! . September 24, 2013

Today is National Voter Registration Day! This second annual holiday for democracy will bring together hundreds of organizations across the country as we register our communities to vote. Participate in the celebration by:Joining the conversation. Celebrate NVRD by promoting voter registration–send emails to colleagues, tweet with #CelebrateNVRD,... read more

Integrating Voter Registration into the Enrollment Process . September 16, 2013

By Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications and Grassroots Advocacy at the Michigan Primary Care Association. A version of this post appeared on their website. Last week a group of folks from Michigan Health Centers and other nonprofit organizations came together for a training presented by Michigan Primary Care Association in collaboration with Nonprofit... read more

Webinar Materials: Voter Registration for Nonprofits . September 13, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Ready, Set, Register: Voter Registration for Nonprofits, is now available. Many thanks to Rebecca Gorrell from the Colorado Participation Project for joining us for this discussion. Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download... read more

New Report on Turnout Gaps in 2012 Election . September 12, 2013

We’re pleased to announce that our new voter turnout report, Voter Participation Gaps in the 2012 Presidential Election, is now available. It is the latest in our America Goes to the Polls series and is based on the recently released biennial Census survey on voting and registration. The report tracks, analyzes, and explains prominent turnout... read more

Tomorrow: Voter Registration for Nonprofits . September 11, 2013

To help your community vote, you must first ensure that they are registered. There’s still time to register for tomorrow’s webinar: Ready, Set, Register: Voter Registration for Nonprofits Thursday September 12th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternVoter registration is a foundational voter engagement activity. Join us to learn how your nonprofit can... read more

Pull Out Those Calendars: Preparing for the 2014 Midterm . September 6, 2013

Is it too soon to think about next year’s national midterm and the election of Congress, one-third of the Senate, two-thirds of state governors, and almost all state legislatures? No, definitely not. Unfortunately, most nonprofits won’t even begin considering their November 2014 plans until the end of next summer. In such a small window,... read more

Next Week: Voter Registration for Nonprofits . September 5, 2013

To help your community vote, you must first ensure that they are registered. Learn more about during our next webinar: Ready, Set, Register: Voter Registration for Nonprofits Thursday September 12th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternVoter registration is a foundational voter engagement activity. Join us to learn how your nonprofit can integrate voter registration... read more

Health Insurance Enrollment and Voter Registration . August 15, 2013

What does voter registration have to do with ACA enrollment? Find out during our next webinar: Health Insurance Enrollment and Voter Registration for Health Centers and Other Nonprofits Wednesday August 21st, 2:00-3:00pm EasternStarting October 1st millions of Americans will become eligible to enroll in Medicaid or a health exchange health insurance... read more

Can Nonprofits Increase Voter Turnout? Yes. . August 6, 2013

A new study by Nonprofit VOTE found that turnout among voters contacted by nonprofits during the 2012 election was 74%, six points above the 68% turnout rate for all registered voters. The clients engaged by nonprofits were markedly more diverse, lower income, and younger than the general population of registered voters. Though these demographic groups... read more

National Voter Registration Day 2013 . July 22, 2013

Last year’s inaugural National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) was an overwhelming success. 1,100 organizations and 9,000 volunteers helped register over 300,000 voters nationwide. Join this annual event and show your support for voter participation by helping your clients and constituents register to vote. Learn more about how your nonprofit can... read more

Evaluating the Impact of Nonprofit Voter Engagement . July 17, 2013

What kind of impact do nonprofits have on voter turnout when they talk to their clients and constituents about voting? Who do they reach? In 2012 we sought to answer these and other questions about the effectiveness and impact of nonprofits conducting voter engagement by having 94 nonprofits track their voter contacts. They engaged 33,741 clients and... read more

Candidate Engagement Webinar Materials . June 28, 2013

Yesterday’s webinar, Candidate Engagement: Candidate Forums, Appearances and More, is now available. Many thanks to MassVOTE’s Cheryl Crawford for joining us to share her expertise.  Watch the presentation on YouTube. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified whenever new content is posted. You can also download the PowerPoint... read more

Thursday: Candidate Engagement for Nonprofits . June 25, 2013

There’s still time to register for Thursday’s webinar: Candidate Engagement: Forums, Appearances and More Thursday June 27th, 2:00-3:00pm EasternCandidate engagement is one of the most effective ways your nonprofit can advocate for your community. It draws community members into the political process and also encourages voting and other... read more

The Affordable Care Act and Voter Registration . June 12, 2013

On the 20th anniversary of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires departments of motor vehicles and agencies providing public assistance to offer voter registration, the Affordable Care Act provides another great opportunity to reach Americans about registering to vote. An estimated 68 million people will be enrolling in the new... read more

Order a Free "Register to Vote" Poster . May 15, 2013

Nonprofit VOTE’s popular “Register to Vote” poster is back, and available in both Spanish and English. Whether you’re gearing up for a state election or just want to make voting more visible at your organization, this poster is the perfect tool.  Voter registration is one way that your organization can encourage year round... read more

Girls Inc. She Votes 2012: Future voters, future leaders . April 5, 2013

A partner of Nonprofit VOTE, Girls Inc. is a national affiliate-based organization “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” In 2012, 56 local Girls Inc. affiliates around the country participated in She Votes, enabling 4,424 girls to cast ballots in a mock election. Through She Votes, girls get hands-on experience with voting,... read more