Educating Candidates

Your 501(c)(3) nonprofit may provide information to educate candidate on your issues so long as you make these resources available to all the candidates in a particular race and all candidates receive the same level of support and information.Candidates can benefit from your nonprofit’s expertise. However, your nonprofit may not provide personalized research for particular candidates. For example, don’t help a single candidate develop a new policy paper on an issue of importance to your organization; it could appear to be a partisan effort to help get that candidate elected.

Permitted candidate education activities include:

  • Sending all the candidates a policy paper or research findings
  • Letting candidates know about your program initiatives
  • Responding to requests for information from candidates on a nonpartisan basis

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