Nonprofit VOTE’s monthly webinar series is a set trainings and discussions on nonpartisan voter engagement for nonprofits, featuring experts in the field. Nonprofit staff, volunteers and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend free of charge. You can find links to recordings of previously held webinars and PowerPoint presentations in our resource library here. If you would like to support our work, learn more about our webinar sponsorship program.
Please note dates are subject to change.
Nonprofit VOTE’s 2016 Webinar Series
1. Plan Ahead 2016: Building a Voter Engagement Timeline for Your Nonprofit
Date: Thursday, January 21st (find webinar materials here)
2016 promises to be an exciting and consequential election year. So don’t wait! Start planning your organization’s voter outreach activities now. We’ll show you how to make the most of your voter registration, voter education and get-out-the-vote efforts. Topics include planning on timeline, how to remain nonpartisan, sample outreach activities, best practices for voter outreach and more.
2. Get Started in 2016: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement at your Nonprofit
Date: Thursday, February 11th (find webinar materials here)
Are you excited to help your clients and constituents to register and vote this year, but unsure how to get started? Then this webinar is for you! We’ll cover voter outreach strategies and tactics and best practices. We’ll also spend some time talking about how to remain nonpartisan when conducting your voter engagement work.
3. The Benefits of Voting: The Case for Nonprofit Voter Engagement
Date: Thursday, February 25th (find webinar materials here)
Voting is a powerful act with consequences that range far beyond deciding which candidate fills a particular office. From garnering the attention of candidates and office holders, to increasing your organization’s political clout, to a host of other benefits for you and your constituents, voting is transformative. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the many benefits of voting for individual voters, for communities and for your nonprofit.
4. Being Nonpartisan: Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits
Date: Thursday, March 17th (find webinar materials here)
“What can my 501(c)(3) nonprofit do to engage candidates and encourage people to vote, and remain nonpartisan. Get the answers to these and other questions about the prohibition against partisan political activity and how your nonprofit can do voter registration, hold candidate forums, conduct voter education, get out the vote and continue to advocate for the issues you care about on a nonpartisan basis during an election. Come with your questions. We have answers!
5. Register Your Clients and Constituents to Vote
Date: Thursday, April 14th (find webinar materials here)
The 2016 presidential election is upon us! Like many nonprofits, you’re excited to help your staff, clients and community members register to vote, but you could you use a few pointers. We’re here to help! In this webinar we’ll discuss how to plan and carry out a nonpartisan voter registration drive. Topics will include registration tactics, best practices and messaging that works.
6. Working with Candidates in 2016: Candidate Forums, Appearances, & More
Date: Thursday, April 28th (find webinar materials here)
Don’t miss an opportunity to get your issues in front of the candidates this election season. Let them know about the issues you care about by hosting a candidate forum. Invite candidates to an open house or event. Send them a candidate questionnaire while educating them about your mission and your community. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, you’re free to engage with candidates but must do so on a nonpartisan basis. Get a step by step tutorial from a candidate engagement veteran!
7. Take a Stand in 2016: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits
Date: Thursday, May 31st (find webinar materials here)
Did you know that as a 501(c)(3), your organization is free to advocate for or against any measure appearing on the ballot? It’s true! Ballot measure advocacy is a lobbying activity, not “electioneering”. In this webinar a ballot question expert from Bolder Advocacy will help your nonprofit take a stand on a ballot measure as part of your regular advocacy – understanding the differences between direct and grassroots lobbying and how to expand your capacity to lobby by making the 50`1(h) election.
8. Voter Registration at Community Health Centers
Date: Thursday June 23rd – (find webinar materials here)
Health centers play a vital role in their communities, providing care that patients simply can’t find elsewhere. But FQHC’s can also play an important role in civic life – and more and more health centers are embracing that role. In this webinar, we’ll discuss voter registration in the health center setting. What tactics and messages work best in a health center? How can health centers encourage patients to participate and vote, while remaining sensitive to concerns about privacy? We’ll cover these topics and more.
9. Staff and Election Activities: Do’s and Don’t’s
Date: Thursday, June 30th – (find webinar materials here)
Nonprofit staff are often active participants in local politics. But the organizations they work for are prohibited from partisan political activity. So what should a conscientious staff member do to keep their private political activities and their work lives separate? In this webinar we’ll discuss guidelines for staff and helpful do’s and don’t’s.
10. Register Your Staff and Volunteers to Vote
Date: Thursday, July 21st (find webinar materials here)
The nonprofit sector employs more than 14 million people. More than 60 million volunteer for a nonprofit every year. Imagine if every one of those people registered and voted! In this webinar we’ll discuss voter registration and voter education efforts aimed at our staff, volunteers and board members. Voter engagement starts with you!
11. Promising Reforms to Voting and Elections
Date: Thursday, July 28th (find webinar materials here)
Turnout in the United States is lower than most advanced democracies. We can do better. In this webinar, we’ll discuss progress on positive reforms to voter registration and voting, like online and automatic registration, Election Day registration, early voting, vote by mail, and others that have the potential to increase voter turnout.
12. Celebrating National Voter Registration Day 2016!
Date: Thursday, August 25th (find webinar materials here)
Celebrate National Voter Registration Day in 2016! This year, NVRD will be bigger than ever, with more nonprofits and more election officials participating than ever before. Join us to learn how your organization can get in on the fun. We’ll tell you how to become an official NVRD partner with access to posters, toolkits and more.
13. Voter Registration on National Voter Registration Day – Sponsored by Vision2020
Date: Thursday, September 1st (find webinar materials here)
The 2016 presidential election is upon us! Like many nonprofits, you’re excited to help your clients and community members register to vote, but you could you use a few pointers. We’re here to help! In this webinar we’ll discuss how to plan and carry out a nonpartisan voter registration drive. Topics will include registration tactics, best practices and messaging that works.
14. AAPI Voter Engagement: Messaging and Tactics – Sponsored by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Date: Thursday, September 8th (find webinar materials here)
Asian American and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S, now making up the largest share of recent immigrants. However, like other racial groups, they are not monolithic. Join us on this webinar to learn more about this voting block, and how to message to various communities.
15. Motivate the Vote: Messages and Strategies that Work – Sponsored by Volunteers of America
Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2:00PM ET, 11:00AM PT
How can you encourage your clients and constituents to register and vote? What are the messages and strategies that resonate with those you serve? In this webinar, we’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to persuading clients and community members to get out and vote.
16. Nonprofits Get Out the Vote in 2016! – Sponsored by YWCA USA
Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2:00PM ET, 11:00 AM PT (Register here)
As the election gets close, it’s time to focus on Get-Out-The-Vote! What can you do in the final weeks before Election Day to use your communications and contacts to make sure that your clients and constituents get out and vote? We’ll discuss tactics, messages and what works. Join us to learn what your nonprofit can do to promote high turnout during early voting and on Election Day.
17. Who Turned Out and What It Meant: A Profile of the 2016 Electorate – Sponsored by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
Date: November (Date TBA)
Who turned out on Election Day? How did different demographics like youth, Latinos or AAPI voters fair? What was the impact of political competition, swing state status or Election Day registration? We’ll dive in to the exit polls and attempt to determine what they mean for the nonprofit community and the people you serve.