Voter Engagement Resource Library

Toolkits & Guides

Hosting a Candidate Forum: A Nonprofit Guide

A Nonprofit's Guide to Hosting a Candidate Forum. Timeline and step-by-step guide to hosting a nonpartisan candidate forum for nonprofits.

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Checklists

Candidate Forum Checklist

A countdown to your candidate forum beginning four months out with a checklist of items for each month and the days and weeks leading up to the event.

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Factsheets

Working with Candidates – on a nonpartisan basis

Learn a number of ways nonprofits can engage candidates on a nonpartisan basis during an election.

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Factsheets

Candidate Appearances at Your Nonprofit Event

Understand the three situations in which candidates may appear at your nonprofit and how to ensure that it remains nonpartisan.

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Toolkits & Guides

Hosting a Candidate Forum

To-do lists, dos and don'ts, and a planning timeline, as well as tips on how to attract candidates, select a format, publicize the event, and ensure your forum stays nonpartisan.

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Partner Resources

Factsheets

Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns in an Election Year

How 501(c)(3)s can respond to candidate's position on issues during an election year.

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Factsheets

Setting the Record Straight: Legislative Scorecards

Use these distribution guidelines to ensure your 501(c)(3) work does not cross the line into supporting or opposing candidates.

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Toolkits & Guides

Praising and Criticizing Incumbents

501(c)(3)s can educate the public about policy issues and actions taken by elected officials that may be consistent with or conflict with a nonprofit’s position.

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Factsheets

Hosting Candidates at Charitable Events

This factsheet addresses appearances involving a single candidate, as the rules vary depending on the 501(c)(3) organization’s reason for inviting the candidate to speak.

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Toolkits & Guides

Hosting Candidate Debates

Use these guidelines to review the rules for nonpartisan candidate forum invitations, format, questions, and more.

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Factsheets

Candidate Questionnaires and Voter Guides

Follow these guidelines to ensure your candidate questionnaires and voter guides remain nonpartisan.

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