Why would your nonprofit want to help your clients, constituents, staff, board, and volunteers vote? How does it benefit your organization and the people you serve? Are nonprofits effective at encouraging participation? And don't political campaigns already do this work?
To us, voting isn't yet another program. It's something we integrate into the activities we already do as part of our mission and commitment to healthier communities and a better society.
-Jill Smith, Program Director, Community Center of St. Louis, MO
The bottom line is that nonprofits have inherent assets that make them strong and capable proponents of voter and citizen participation. There are also strong reasons for nonprofits to promote voting and democracy in their communities.
Nonprofit voter engagement can benefit the sector, our communities, and the nation—far beyond the outcome of any particular election.