Nonprofits Should Help Get Out the Vote!

Many nonprofits have social missions of education, service, and social uplift. Encouraging voting and other forms of participation should be a natural part of every nonprofit’s mission.

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than one million registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that employ over 13.5 million people, rely on 61 million volunteers, and serve and engage millions more.

Nonprofits represent democracy’s highest ideals of public service, active citizenship and commitment to a better society. With their natural engagement assets and unparalleled reach, nonprofits are particularly well suited to encourage voter participation. And they have a proven impact on participation when they do.

Nonprofits have access to communities that are typically underrepresented in the political process. They are trusted messengers. At the heart of that trust is nonpartisanship. However, nonpartisanship does not mean nonparticipation.

Voters contacted in-person by nonprofits during services voted at higher rates than other voters in their state across all demographics.

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