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 2017 Webinar Series

1. Plan Ahead 2017 Part 1: Creating a Voter Engagement Plan and Timeline for Your Nonprofit

Date: Thursday, February 9th (find webinar materials here)

Join us for a free, hour long webinar on how to create a voter engagement plan for 2017 from scratch. Learn about what’s at stake in 2017, the role of municipal elections and their importance to nonprofits and their clients, and, most importantly, what you will need to think about as you plan your activities. We’ll walk you through the six steps you’ll need to take to ensure your voter engagement work is a success.

2. Plan Ahead 2017 Part 2: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement Tactics

Date: Thursday, February 23rd (find webinar materials here)

Join us on Thursday, February 23rd for a free, hour long webinar surveying nonpartisan voter engagement tactics for nonprofits. In the first part of our “Plan Ahead 2017” two-parter we discussed planning your activities. In this second webinar, we will focus on the variety of nonpartisan voter engagement activities available to nonprofits: voter registration, voter education, Get-Out-The-Vote, ballot measure advocacy, working with candidates, and more.

3. America Goes to the Polls 2016

Date: Thursday, March 23rd (find webinar materials here)

Join us to learn about voter turnout in the 2016 presidential election, including turnout trends, the relative turnout performance of the states, factors affecting turnout, e.g. same day voter registration or battleground state status, and recommended reforms that may increase voter participation.

4. Register Your Constituents to Vote in 2017: Voter Registration for 501c3 Service Providers and Community Based Organizations

Date: Thursday, May 4th (find webinar materials here)

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.

5. Being Nonpartisan: Voter Engagement Do’s and Don’t’s for 501c3 Nonprofits

Date: Thursday, May 18th (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!

6. Running for Office: Emerging Nonprofit Leaders

Date: Thursday, June 20th (find webinar materials here)

Join Nonprofit VOTE as well as leaders from Vote Run Lead and The New American Leaders Project for a webinar focused on how to pipeline leaders of the nonprofit sector who are ready to run for office. We’ll explain how the campaign process should go for 501c3 workers as well as what nonpartisan programs are available to assist and develop emerging candidates and propel them to success.

7. ElectionLine.org and Helping Elections Officials Do More with Less

Date: Thursday, July 11th (find webinar materials here)

Kurt Sampsel of the Center for Technology and Civic Life will join us to discuss ElectionTools.org and the work they are doing to help elections officials by providing low-cost tools to promote civic engagement and make voting easier. Kurt will give an overview of the tools available and then dive into their Voter Registration Drive Kit.

8. How to Hold a Candidate Forum in 2017

Date: Thursday October 12th

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!

9. Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for 501c3 Nonprofits

Date: Thursday, August 22nd

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.

10. Take Part in National Voter Registration Day 2017!

Date: Tuesday, August 15th

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day in 2017! 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.

11. Hold a Successful Voter Registration Event on National Voter Registration Day!

Date: Thursday, August 27th

Like many nonprofits, you’re excited to help your clients and community members register to vote on National Voter Registration Day, 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.

12. Talking about Voting: What Works, What Doesn’t

Date: TBD

Join us and learn some tips to engage new voters within your nonprofit networks.

13. Mobilize the Vote in 2017: Turning out Clients and Constituents for 501c3 Nonprofits

Date: TBD

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.

14. 2018 Midterm Elections: A Preview

Date: TBD

Hear experts’ predictions for the 2018 midterm elections.

15. Engaging New Voters: Findings from Nonprofit VOTE’s 2016 Research

Date: TBD

We’ll discuss the finding of our 2016 research into voter engagement in the context of 501(c)(3) service providers and community based organizations. Can c3s increase turnout among their clients and constituents? If so, how much?