Elections offer numerous opportunities to interact with candidates for elected office at all levels of government. As a 501(c)(3) organization, you cannot endorse or oppose candidates. However, you can still use campaigns to get your issues in front of the candidates, build relationships with future elected officials, share your policy ideas, and influence future debates and decisions. Consider how your nonprofit can connect to candidates in various races during an election season. There are a variety of options that you can choose from to fit the capacity of your organization.
These include sharing your policy ideas, attending candidate events or having them appear at your events, host or sponsor a candidate forum, or conducting a candidate questionnaire. Our resources help you navigate what your nonprofit and staff can and cannot do in relation to candidates.
Working with Candidates on a Nonpartisan Basis
Candidate Questionnaires and Voter Guides
Candidate Appearances at your Nonprofit Event – Link Here
Hosting a Candidates Forum: A Nonprofit Guide – Link Here
Candidate Forum Checklist
RESOURCES FROM PARTNERS