For 501(c)(3) organizations, nonpartisan communication on policy issues, especially in an Election Year, can be a complex task. What you can and can’t say on issues that affect your community and speak to your mission often requires the careful navigation of federal tax law rules.
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.
Americans took to the ballot box on Tuesday with resounding support for critical ballot measures that will improve the lives of millions. These victories are no accident. They are the result of strategic and hard fought advocacy campaigns waged by nonprofit groups.
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.
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!
What impact would these rules have on c3s and c4s?
While this may be a low-profile election, voters have an opportunity to address some very high-profile problems.
Today is National Voter Registration Day! A reminder that all nonprofits can play an important role in encouraging their constituents to vote.
If your participation is connected to your charitable purpose, your 501(c)(3) can probably join a call for impeachment or resignation.