Get Involved, Get A Grant!
Do you work with a nonprofit service provider that wants to get involved with helping voters in this important election year?
APPLY NOW: Join our 2016 Nonprofit Voter Engagement Project, a collaboration with Nonprofit VOTE. The Nonprofits Vote 2016 Campaign is a nonpartisan initiative of Nonprofit VOTE and Democracy North Carolina to support and evaluate the role of nonprofit service providers doing voter engagement.
Participating nonprofits will receive a $1,000 grant to support their 2016 voter engagement work. HURRY! Applications must be submitted soon to be considered for 2016 funding. Email your application to email@example.com or fax: 919-286-6023, ATTN: Cheryl Ellis.
Also, don’t forget to check out all of our great voter resources to help educate and engage NC voters.
How Democracy North Carolina Can Help
We can provide training, voter education materials, up-to-date information on election laws, partner with you to mobilize voters, and brainstorm and strategize with you about how to tailor a voter engagement plan to fit your organization.
Your Agency Can Make a Real Difference
A 2013 study conducted by Nonprofit VOTE shows that nonprofit service providers were able to increase voter turnout among their clients by 4%, just by helping them register and reminding them to vote. Most exciting, nonprofits were particularly effective at mobilizing less-likely voters, like voters under 30, low income voters, and Latino voters.
But We’re a Nonprofit. Can We Do That?
Nonprofit agencies can do a lot to increase voter participation and still be nonpartisan and abide by IRS restrictions. Nonprofit voter engagement do’s and don’ts include:
DO engage in nonpartisan voter outreach, education, and mobilization strategies:
- Register your clients and staff to vote.
- Educate your clients and staff about the mechanics of voting, election laws, and the candidates. Provide information about issues on the ballot using nonpartisan educational materials or events. (Check out some of our great, nonpartisan resources.)
- Remind your clients and staff about early voting dates and sites, organize rides to the polls, or organize a phone bank to urge your clients / staff to vote. On Election Day make sure that your staff has time to vote, and remind people to go vote by posting signs and posters in your lobby.
DON’T engage in partisan activity:
- Do not support or oppose specific candidates or a political party. This includes fundraising for candidates or parties, making a political contribution as a nonprofit organization to a campaign, party, or PAC, or allowing a candidate access to your facility or mailing list.
- Do not provide partisan literature or links on your agency’s website to a campaign or party website.
Nonprofit Voter Engagement Project, started in 2012, is focused on encouraging and supporting nonprofits interested in doing voter engagement work, like registering voters, providing nonpartisan educational materials, and mobilizing clients, staff, volunteers, and members to get out and vote. Need more information? Make sure your voter engagement efforts stay strictly nonpartisan by reviewing Nonprofit VOTE’s resources.