Category: Policy

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Why Nonprofits Must Remember the March on Washington . August 28, 2020

August 28, 1963 was 57 years ago. However, as we watch the news and look out our windows at untold thousands filling the streets, arm-in-arm for racial justice, that date and the famous March on Washington that it commemorates, feels like yesterday, or maybe even tomorrow. It’s easy to look at the black-and-white footage from read more

When Women are Civically Engaged our Democracy is Stronger . August 18, 2020

This Women’s History Month blog post was written by Natalie Cone, Manager of State Advocacy and Civic Engagement at the YWCA. The organizing efforts of women in civic engagement have shaped and strengthened our democracy. From the suffragettes who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago to Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella read more

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NAMI: Mental Health is on the Ballot in 2020 . June 15, 2020

Guest blog by Brandon Graham, Senior Manager, Advocate Engagement for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He collaborates with the Alliance’s state and local leaders to engage grassroots mental health advocates, including shepherding NAMI’s get-out-the-vote efforts (Vote4MentalHealth). Prior to joining NAMI, Brandon worked on various political campaigns and as a U.S. Senate staffer. He read more

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Justice for George Floyd Demands a Healthy Democracy . June 3, 2020

Our Statement on the George Floyd Protests Like many Americans, we have been rocked by the brutal death of George Floyd, yet encouraged by the protestors’ struggle for justice and real change, a struggle seen in communities across the nation. Times like these call on all of us to ask hard questions – and to read more

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Jumpstart your Voter Engagement Efforts This Summer . June 1, 2020

Start Your Summer Voter Engagement Work Summer is the perfect time to start planning how you will engage potential voters in the 2020 Elections taking place on November 3rd. As states begin to reopen and people become more mobile, we nonprofits can help make sure our communities have the information they need to cast their read more

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Webinar Recap: COVID-19 & Expanding Mail-In Ballots in November . May 11, 2020

Thanks for joining our April 23 webinar “COVID-19 & Expanding Mail-In Ballots in November” Special thanks to Amber McReynolds from the Vote at Home Institute, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Ben Hovland from the Elections Assistance Commission for sharing their knowledge and expertise.WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please feel free to download the PowerPoint and watch the webinar on Nonprofit read more

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Q&A: COVID-19 & Expanding Mail-In Ballots Webinar . April 30, 2020

We recently hosted a record-breaking webinar (1000 RSVPs!) about expanding mail-in voting policies in the age of COVID-19 featuring Amber McReynolds from Vote at Home Institute, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Ben Hovland from the Election Assistance Commission. Simply put, we didn’t have enough time to answer all your questions during the live read more

The Bureaucracy of Voter Registration Prevents Millions from Voting . May 5, 2019

Millions of eligible voters across the nation are unable to participate in our elections because of a problem with their voter registration or a missed deadline. The numbers change depending on the election cycle and other factors, but however you do the math, it’s clear that millions of our citizens are prevented from voting due read more

Webinar Recap: Getting Your Issue on the Ballot . March 20, 2019

Thanks to all who were able to attend our March 14th webinar “Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits.” Special thanks to Kellie Dupree from BISC (Ballot Initiative Strategy Center) and John Brautigam from Democracy Maine for sharing their data and insights. This year is already off to a good start and we’ve got LOTS more planned for this year! Read about our plans here. WEBINAR MATERIALS: Please read more

States that allow pre-registration for 16 & 17-year olds . March 14, 2018

Since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February, teenagers from around the country have not only organized a large demonstration in Washington, D.C (in addition to nearly 800 more cities). and inspired a nationwide walkout on March 14, they have ignited an interest in getting young people registered to vote. However, registering people under read more