What Nonprofits Can Do in a Contested Election
Tim Mooney | October 22, 2020
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about a contested election.
Election Series Part 2: Election Days Advocacy
Leslie BarnesTim MooneyQuyen Tu | October 21, 2020
Keeping Nonpartisan During Election Season
Election years provide great opportunities for 501(c)(3) organizations. After all, what better way to participate in our civic society than voting?
10 Things Your Nonprofit Can Do Now To Get Out The Vote And Engage In
Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort | October 12, 2020
¿Quiere Realizar o Proveer Fondos para una Campaña de Registro de Vota
Disipemos algunos mitos: las organizaciones comunitarias 501(c)(3), incluyendo fundaciones, tienen muchas oportunidades para asegurar que sus comunidades estén
Voter Engagement Messaging and Activities for Private Foundations
Election season offers tremendous opportunities for private foundations to encourage active participation by all eligible voters.
BONUS EP. — Transition Team Advocacy
| September 1, 2020
EP. 01 — “Can We Say That?”: Election-Year Advocacy Rule f
| August 19, 2020
What Can a 501(c)(3) Say During a National Political Convention?
Ronnie Pawelko | August 17, 2020
What Can a (c)(3) Say About a Candidate for Vice President?
Ronnie Pawelko | August 13, 2020
With presidential candidate Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris for his running mate, we are likely to see a lot of interest and comments, both positive and
Actividades No Partidistas: ¿Puede participar su organización 501(c)(3
Esta gráfica ayuda a las organizaciones 501(c)(3)s a determinar si sus actividades son permisibles. Las (c)(3)s deben de asegurar que no están participando en a
What Can We Say About Kanye?
Ronnie Pawelko | July 9, 2020
With Kanye announcing his candidacy for president on July 4, 2020, how can nonprofits talk about Kanye, and others, who are running for office? Bolder Advocacy
Ensuring Fair Elections During Public Health Emergencies
Leslie Barnes | March 17, 2020
States are racing to postpone Presidential primary elections and make other last-minute changes to slow the spread of the coronavirus virus. However, sudden cha
Want to Conduct or Fund a Voter Registration Drive?
Let’s dispel some myths: nonprofit organizations, including foundations, have many opportunities to ensure that their communities are well-represented at the ba
Accountability Advocacy for 501(c)(3)s
Nonprofits can hold their elected officials accountable for how they serve their constituents.
Making Election-Season “Money Moves” While Remaining Nonpartisan
Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort | January 15, 2020
Did you hear the news?!? Cardi B is in the headlines once again, but not for a new album. The rapper and songwriter revealed in a series of tweets this weekend
Election Day Registration in California at Any Polling Place in Your C
Shyaam Subramanian | October 23, 2019
As the 2020 election season nears, nonprofits are gearing up to register and encourage people to vote.
Praising and Criticizing Incumbents
Public charities play an important role in educating the public about policy issues and actions taken by their elected officials.
Commenting on Candidates’ Statements about Reproductive Rights
Candidates for public office sometimes make statements about abortion and reproductive rights that are incorrect, or with which nonprofits disagree and may wish
Candidate Do’s and Don’ts
In this election season, candidate campaigns, organized under federal tax law as 527 organizations, are quickly staffing up with new employees whose role is to
Questions about election activity?
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We have answers!
Bolder Advocacy | August 1, 2019
Election season is an opportunity to raise awareness on your issues.
Nonpartisan Candidate Education: How 501(c)(3)s Can Talk to Candidates
501(c)(3)s are prohibited from supporting or opposing a candidate or political party, so they must be careful when meeting with and educating candidates.
Ex-Felons Voting Rights Restored in Florida
| November 7, 2018
Restoring voter rights for ex-felons is a major victory in the battle to provide returning citizens with the rights and privileges they deserve upon completing
Commenting on Elected Officials
Bolder Advocacy | November 7, 2018
Now that the election is over, what can your nonprofit organization say -- and not say -- about the results?
Mays and May Nots for Coalitions
By pooling resources, engaging in joint policy discussions and strategizing, coalitions can stretch dollars, draw on collective expertise, and maximize efforts
Mays and May Nots for Funders
By pooling resources, engaging in joint policy discussions, and strategizing, funder groups can stretch dollars and maximize efforts to create a more just socie
Get Out the Vote (Without Getting off Your Phone)
Bolder Advocacy | October 16, 2018
Election Day is almost here – and for 501(c)(3) public charities, that means opportunity.
Navigating the Gray: Tips for working in coalition when the law isn’t
When (c)(3)s and (c)(4)s work together, either in coalitions of advocacy groups or in groups of funders with a shared social change goal, the law does not alway
Check the Chart: Is this (c)(3) compliant?
This graphic will help 501(c)(3) organizations working in coalition with non-501(c)(3) organizations to determine if their activities are permissible for a (c)(
How to Create a (c)(3) Advocacy Plan
A good starting step for advocacy organizations working to create change is to create an advocacy plan that lays out the organization’s goals, the strategies it
8 Tips for Nonprofits with Employees Running for Public Office
Ronnie Pawelko | September 28, 2018
Will the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance ruling affect Texas n
Bolder Advocacy | September 24, 2018
In a surprise move last week by the Supreme Court, a non-ruling actually had a big impact on the state of campaign finance reform and the use of independent mon
Are you a 501(c)(4) making Independent Expenditures? You may be subjec
Nikhil Pillai | September 18, 2018
On August 3, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia published an opinion holding that corps that make independent expenditures (“IEs”) mu
Paying for Issue Advocacy Advertisements? You Might Have to Register.
Nikhil Pillai | September 13, 2018
We are within 60 days of the general election in November. For nonprofits, including 501(c)(3)s, this means you should be aware of the rules surrounding electio
Hosting Candidates at Charitable Events: Ensuring Candidate Appearance
Hosting candidate debates: Public Charities Can Educate the Community
Guía de Elecciones para Caridades Públicas 501(c)(3): Asegurando que l
Foundation Support for Election-Related Activities: It’s legal,
FAQs about Nonprofits Engaging in Advocacy with Undocumented Activists
Many nonprofit organizations have leaders who are undocumented immigrants. In general, undocumented immigrants in the United State have a constitutional right t
Election Year Activities for 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organizations
Election Checklist for Houses of Worship
Election Checklist for 501(c)3 Public Charities (Korean translation)
Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities (Khmer translation)
Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities: Ensuring Election Y
Election Activities of Individuals Associated with Foundations
Election Activities of Individuals Associated with 501(c)(3) Organizat
Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns: How 501(c)(3)s Can Respond Dur
Comentando Sobre las Declaraciones de los Candidatos acerca de los Inm
501(c)(3) Contact with Parties and Candidates Concerning Election Prot
This fact sheet offers some guidelines for when it's appropriate for a 501(c)(3) group working on election protection issues to talk with a candidate or party -
501(c)(3) Organizations and National Party Conventions
Board Members and Election-Year Activities
501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates for public office (“campaign intervention”). This prohibition, however, does not a
Candidate Appearances: Foundations Can Host or Fund Nonpartisan Candid
Candidate Questionnaires and Voter Guides
Private Foundations May Advocate
Sample 501(c)(3) Organizational Policy for Election Season
Setting the Record Straight: How Your 501(c)(3) Can Distribute Voting
The Rules of the Game: A Guide to Election-Related Activities for 501(
Transition of Power: Influencing a Presidential or Gubernatorial Trans
Transition Team Advocacy
Advocates have an important role to play when a new administration—either a new president or governor— is coming into power. Advocates will find that some of th
Voter Registration Rules for Private Foundations
Praising and Criticizing Incumbents: How 501(c)(3)s Can Hold the Senat
This fact sheet addresses how 501(c)(3)s can praise and criticize incumbents related to the current Supreme Court vacancy.
Praising and Criticizing Incumbents: How 501(c)(3)s Can Hold Elected O
Who is a Candidate?
Nikhil Pillai | January 19, 2018
With the 2018 midterms coming up, Bolder Advocacy has already been hearing from nonprofits that want to be engaged and involved in the democratic process. With
No, The New York Times Is Not a “Super PAC”
Nikhil Pillai | December 11, 2017
We share Mr. Harsanyi’s enthusiasm for rigorous, good-faith arguments, and in that spirit feel compelled to point out that The New York Times’ activities are no
The Honest Ads Act? Honestly, What’s That All About?
Nikhil Pillai | October 27, 2017
In the past week, you may have heard about the Honest Ads Act (the Act). This is bi-partisan legislation that was recently introduced in the Senate in response
CA Enacts Comprehensive New Campaign Disclosure Rules
Toren Lewis | October 16, 2017
Last weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 249 (Mullin), also known as the California DISCLOSE Act, into law. The DISCLOSE Act makes significant changes to th
Employee Leave Policies During Election Season
Ronnie Pawelko | September 1, 2016
How 501(c)(3)s Can Legally Praise and Criticize Legislators
Bolder Advocacy | March 1, 2013
Not for the Faint of Heart: Geri Mannion on Civic Engagement in an Ele
Bolder Advocacy | October 4, 2012
The Carnegie Corporation's director of U.S. democracy programs believes funders of all stripes should support voter engagement work -- "It's as American as the
Promoción y defensa de causas en años electorales: foros de candidatos
Promoción y defensa de causas en años electorales: cuestionarios sobr
501(c)(3) Employees Running for Office
Learn what steps individuals who work or volunteer for a 501(c)(3) organization should take when running for office.