Nonprofit organizations have a unique opportunity to address issues of voter participation. We can help close participation gaps and strengthen democracy.
Nonprofits are often located in and serve communities with lower voter participation.
Most of us nonprofit professionals are extremely dedicated to improving our communities for the better. We have the ability to make positive change.
Nonprofits have the credibility and respect necessary to reach out to discouraged and disengaged voters. There is great opportunity to make the process less daunting and more meaningful for those who are new to voting and politics.
Nonprofit organizations reach populations missed by political campaigns. We are highly effective at increasing voter and civic participation when we actively engage people in the voting process.
This webinar training session answers questions on what nonprofits can do to encourage voter participation through outreach and education to voters in their communities.
NonprofitVOTE's voter participation starter kit has some great information on the importance of, and how to begin educating voters. Here is some important information from pages 12 and 13 of the kit.
Ballot measures are about laws or constitutional amendments, not candidate elections. You may advocate for or against a ballot measure as a lobbying activity. You may also choose to distribute nonpartisan information on ballot measures as a nonpartisan voter education activity.
A chief example of how we’ve transformed our community through a local ballot issue can be seen within our own sector. In 2006, arts and culture projects, organizations and artists were supported with millions of dollars through the passage of Issue 18. This allowed for a 30-cent tax on each pack of cigarettes sold in Cuyahoga County to be dedicated to the support of arts and culture. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the public subdivision responsible for distributing the funds, has supported organizations that have significantly improved the lives of greater Cleveland residents and beyond. You can view more about the impact of the funding in CAC's Annual Report to the Community.
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