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 all the people connected to your work are registered and ready to vote this fall – and in 2016.
Voting and active citizenship is fundamental to our mission, programs and impact on public policy as nonprofits. Having our staff, board members and other volunteers registered to vote makes us stronger and more effective nonprofits better positioned to encourage our communities to engage as well.
We know you’re busy. That’s why we make it easy. In just one day or one week you can make sure all staff, board members and other volunteers are registered and their registration is up to date. The campaign tools at NonprofitVotesCount.org include answers to frequently asked questions about voting and staying nonpartisan, sample tactics and scripts, posters and stickers and more.
Get started at NonprofitVotesCount.org.
- Plan to use the week of National Voter Registration Day, September 22, to check if all eligible staff, board members and other volunteers are registered to vote and help them do so if they’re not.
- If you’re a network – encourage your partners, affiliates and other nonprofits to be part of the Nonprofit Votes Count initiative.
- Sign up. Show your support of voting for your community and the nonprofit sector by getting listed as a partner of Nonprofit Votes Count. When you do, you’ll get a set of complimentary “I work for a nonprofit and I vote” stickers and colorful National Voter Registration Day 2015 posters.
When nonprofits use our voting power, we are better able to advance our causes, make our voices heard and change the world for the better. The nation’s 1.4 million nonprofits employ 13.7 million workers and 62.6 million volunteers. Let’s stand up and be counted as civic leaders and a powerful force in public affairs.