Toolkits & Guides

Voting & Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide

This online introduction to 501(c)(3) nonprofit voter engagement work describes a range of appropriate and legal activities and details easy ways to engage all members of your community.

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Checklists

501(c)(3) Permissible Activities

Nonprofits are permitted to engage in a wide variety of voter outreach activities, including voter registration, voter education and Get Out The Vote.

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Webinars

Being Nonpartisan: 501(c)(3) Guidelines

This webinar covers the basics of nonpartisan voter engagement work for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, offering helpful tips on how to remain nonpartisan throughout the process.

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Factsheets

HIPAA & Civic Engagement at CHCs

HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HIPAA requires health centers to protect the privacy of their patients, but that doesn't mean they can't do civic engagement work.

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Using Social Media to Promote Voting

Answers to common questions about using social media at your nonprofit to promote voting.

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Partner Resources

Webpages

Ballot Measure Toolkit

Bolder Advocacy's ballot measure toolkit is a set of links to factsheets and other resources on 501(c)(3) ballot measure advocacy.

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Ballot Measures and Public Charities

Review this summary of how nonprofits can conduct ballot measure activity.

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Webpages

IRS 501(c)(3) Guide to Political Activities

This IRS factsheet provides information to help 501(c)(3) organizations comply with the law while conducting permissible electoral activities.

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Factsheets

Foundation Support for Election-Related Activities

An overview of what public and private foundations can and cannot do to support election-related activities.

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Webpages

Foundations and Ballot Measures

This resource details how foundations can support 501(c)(3) grantees that are engaged in ballot measure activity.

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Factsheets

Maximize Your Lobbying Limit: Using 501h test

Follow these instructions on how to measure your lobbying under the 501(h) test.

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Webinars

Political Campaigns and Charities: IRS Mini Course

This mini-course reviews the 501(c)(3) ban on political campaigns and highlights other ways nonprofits can participate in the electoral process.

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Toolkits & Guides

A Funders’ Guide to Voter Engagement

This guide reviews the rules for foundations who fund electoral participation.

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Factsheets

501(c)(3) Employees Running for Office

Employees of 501(c)(3) organizations can support or oppose candidates in their personal capacity and outside of work hours and can even run for office themselves. Find out what you can do to avoid giving the appearance of supporting or opposing the candidacy.

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Factsheets

Election Activities and 501(c)(3) Staff

Use these examples and guidelines to determine when an individual’s actions represent the nonprofit and when they should be treated as personal time.

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Checklists

Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities

A 501(c)(3)'s role during an election must remain educational, which includes encouraging civic participation. While there is a lot a 501(c)(3) can do around an election, the organization cannot directly or indirectly tell people how to vote or for whom to vote.

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Checklists

Election Checklist for Houses of Worship

This checklist describes the permissible election activities that houses of worship can participate in and outlines those that are prohibited.

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