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When Candidates Speak, How Can Nonprofits Respond?

As more and more candidates enter the 2016 race and develop their policy platforms, 501(c)(3) organizations may wish to use this public dialogue among the candidates to comment on the issues. However, c3 organizations need to remain nonpartisan because they cannot communicate something that could be perceived as attempting to influence voters to support or oppose a candidate for office. Learn some tips on how to respond to statements made by candidates during the course of a campaign.

Abby Levine

Nonpartisan Elections: A quick reminder for 501(c)(3) organizations

All 501(c)(3)s know that they cannot support candidates in partisan elections, such as for the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and governorships. But occasionally overlooked is that c3s cannot support or oppose ANY candidate for public office, even in nonpartisan elections.

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Employee & Individual: What election-related activities 501(c)(3) staffers can participate in

As Election Day approaches, many nonprofits and their staffs face the unenviable challenge of balancing their need to engage citizens on important issues of the day with the IRS prohibition on partisan political activity for 501(c)(3) organizations. Find out what you can do as c3 staffers!