Nonprofits SHOULD Influence the Vote

More than ever it is imperative that concerned citizens pay attention to mounting efforts to suppress voter rights.  Though the recent Supreme Court ruling may not have immediate impact in Minnesota, but it is the proverbial sparrow in the electoral mineshaft.

Many times people involved with nonprofits shy away from getting involved in anything relating to elections.  Though it is true that nonprofits cannot support or oppose candidates, they are free to take a stand on ballot measures, many of which have direct and powerful impact on their constituents.  Nonprofit VOTE is a national initiative to promote better understanding of the ways in which nonprofits can advocate for their community and its interests at the ballot box.

To clarify the election rules Nonprofit VOTE is sponsoring a national webinar:

Laws on the Ballot: Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits

Thursday, July 25, 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (local)

Featured presenter is Nayantara Mehta, Senior Counsel with the Alliance for Justice, Oakland CA.  Ms. Mehta works through their Nonprofit Advocacy Project and the Foundation Advocacy Initiative to strengthen the capacity of the public interest community to influence public policy.  She also manages the Immigrant Advocacy Initiative of the Nonprofit Advocacy Project.  The speaker holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

To register webinar, click here:



One response to “Nonprofits SHOULD Influence the Vote

  1. Whiting Shirley

    Another stellar column, Mary. I look forward to seeing you at the Board Meeting. Shirley

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