Jeanne C. Tedrow, President & CEO, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
The 2020 election is here! Absentee voting is already underway, and Early Voting opens on October 15 throughout North Carolina. To help your nonprofit’s staff, board, and volunteers prepare for the election, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is hosting a webinar that will cover:
In this webinar, you'll learn the basics about what 501(c)(3) nonprofits can and can’t do in an election year, ways nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers can (legally) engage in campaigns, and common questions (and possibly some answers!) about tricky election-year situations for nonprofits.
An Essential Role for Nonprofits
Why should your nonprofit get involved?
- It strengthens your nonprofit’s voice. Elected officials know who votes. They pay less attention to communities with low voter turnout.
The N.C. Center for Nonprofits has sent a candidate questionnaire asking each candidate for Governor to share their insights on several nonprofit sector issues. We encourage you to read their responses before voting in the May 8 primary. Here are their responses:
In August 2013, the N.C. General Assembly passed H.B. 589, the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which makes several significant changes to North Carolina’s election laws. In June 2015, the General Assembly passed a number of other election law changes, some aimed at revising VIVA provisions. Because nonprofits are among the most trusted institutions in their communities, it is important that they provide accurate, nonpartisan information to their staff, volunteers, and those they serve about the election process.
Nonprofits are trusted in our communities, making us the ideal messengers to provide people with voter guides.
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