Elections and Voter Engagement

Can Pennsylvania 501(c)(3) nonprofits engage in election and voter engagement activities?

Absolutely. Nonprofits have the constitutional right and responsibility to engage in the electoral and policy-making processes. Though federal regulations require that nonprofits remain strictly nonpartisan (neither supporting nor opposing candidates for elected office), there is still so much that can and should be done including voter education guides, voter registration, get-out-the-vote drives and candidate forums. Each of these activities is legally permissible if conducted in a strictly non-partisan manner. You will find excellent resources below to help get you started.

Election Rules and Resources from Independent Sector

Political Activity and Tax-Exempt Status from the National Council of Nonprofits

Nonprofit Vote's Voter Engagement Guide

VotesPA Register to Vote in Pennsylvania (Monday, October 6th, 2014 -- last date to register for the November 2014 Election)

Learn More about Voting in PA

Great Get Out the Vote Resources from Nonprofit Vote