Participation in Election and Voter Engagement Activities
Montana 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 a lot that can be done including candidate forums, voter education guides, voter registration, and get-out-the-vote drives. Each of these activities is legally permissible if conducted in a strictly non-partisan manner. Below are some resources to help get you started.
Nonprofit Election and Voter Engagement Resources
MNA's Election and Voter Engagement Activities
During election years, Montana Nonprofit Association provides a forum for all Governor and Attorney General Candidates to speak at the annual MNA conference. Additionally, MNA promotes and supports legally permissible, nonpartisan engagement by nonprofits in local elections. For Montana's charitable nonprofits to have a seat at the policy table, we must work together to raise the visibility and voice of the nonprofit sector through our relationships and activities with policymakers and candidates at all levels.
MNA aims to ensure that every candidate seeking office in Montana or nationally on behalf of Montanans anticipates and responds to these fundamental questions:
- What is your personal and professional experiences with nonprofit organizations?
- What are three specific ways in which, if elected, you would partner with and strengthen the nonprofit sector to achieve the goals of your campaign?
Working together, we will build strong partnerships with our policy makers and mobilize our nonprofit leaders and constituents for a vibrant nonprofit sector.