What Can 501(c)(3) Nonprofits do in California State and Local Recall Elections?


Jairo Gomez


California is currently holding its first gubernatorial recall election in 20 years – and voting ends on September 14. Throughout the state, there are many efforts underway to recall local officials as well. Since these elections are unique, it is critical for 501(c)(3) nonprofits, often trusted messengers in their communities, to be involved. Nonprofits can educate the public and get out the vote including through online and social media communications. Of course, 501(c)(3)s cannot support or oppose any candidates — which means they cannot weigh in on whether the elected official should be removed from office.

How can (c)(3)s get involved? Check out Bolder Advocacy’s resources, including the recording of a recent webinar, “What Can 501(c)(3) Nonprofits do in California State and Local Recall Elections?” Other resources include:

We hope these resources are helpful in the final weeks of the election! If you have further questions about what 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, or others can do in California recall elections, reach out to our free technical assistance hotline using this form, by email at advocacy@afj.org,  or by phone at 866-NPLOBBY [866-675-6229].

Now let’s get out the vote so that all our communities can be heard!