Keeping Nonpartisan During Election Season



Election Related Activities, Public Charity Advocacy

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Election years provide great opportunities for 501(c)(3) organizations. After all, what better way to participate in our civic society — our democracy — than voting? In the run up to elections, voters pay substantially more attention to public policy issues as they are explained and debated by the candidates running for office.

And while those candidates prepare and debate their positions, they are more likely to pay attention to organizations advocating on those causes. This represents a real opportunity for 501(c)(3)s to guide the candidates to focus on the issues that impact their constituents.

Supporting election-related activities is an effective way for 501(c)(3)s to improve civic dialogue, strengthen democracy, give a voice to the underrepresented, and make an impact on important issues.

This fact sheet explores these issues.