Webinar Virtual Training: Nonprofits, Elections, Oh My!

Date: Aug 14, 2018
Time: 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

Virtual Training

Fee: Free

2018 is shaping up to be an extremely busy year in Minnesota politics. Both U.S. Senate races, all eight of the state’s U.S. House seats, a governor’s race, the entire Minnesota House, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, and more will be up for election in November.

Given all of this, it is essential that nonprofits are doing our part in supporting the work to build and deepen community power during the election season. We are all stronger when our democracy is strong.

From informing your staff about the upcoming election to hosting a candidate forum, the possibilities for nonprofit engagement are great. While 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from partisan activity, they can and should engage in nonpartisan efforts to encourage civic participation.

Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to learn the rules and ways your organization can get involved before the November election!

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Principles & Practices

In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this event will help to focus your work on the following practices:

  • CIVIC 2: Nonprofits should promote nonpartisan efforts to encourage voting and other participation in federal, state, county and city policy making.
  • CIVIC 12: 501(c)(3) organizations must not take positions or spend funds to support or oppose a candidate for political office or coordinate their activities with a candidate, political party or other organization supporting or opposing political candidates.
  • CIVIC 13: Nonprofit representatives, including board or staff members, should distinguish between their personal positions or endorsements and the nonpartisan stance of their organization. They should refrain from situations that create the appearance of any organizational endorsement for candidates or political parties.

Event Details

Technology Requirements: Webinar log-in information will be sent to you with your event confirmation email shortly after you complete the registration process. If you don’t receive the email, please first check your spam folder, then contact events@minnesotanonprofits.org. A reliable high speed internet connection is best for joining this event. Audio will be available via your computer and via a toll-free phone line; choose the audio connection that provides you with the best sound quality.

About the Presenters

Rebecca LuceroRebecca Lucero, public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s advocacy agenda locally and nationally, educate Minnesota nonprofits on key policy issues, lobby on behalf of Minnesota’s nonprofit sector and train nonprofit professionals on a wide array of advocacy issues and skills. Prior to joining MCN, Rebecca served as policy and advocacy manager for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, where she helped pass $100 million bonding in the Homes for All campaign. Rebecca has also worked as senior community representative in the Minnesota office of Representative Keith Ellison, an unemployment law judge with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and an attorney in private practice with a small firm and with Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis. She has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College.

Taylor PutzTaylor Putz is the public policy advocate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Taylor works with MCN’s public policy director to influence policy decisions that impact the nonprofit sector and community partners at local, state and federal levels with a focus at the Minnesota State Capitol. Taylor also engages MCN members in public policy action opportunities and civic engagement. Prior to joining MCN, Taylor served as the community relations and outreach manager at Prepare + Prosper, training associate at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and community organizer at Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County. Taylor has a B.A. in international studies from Marian University and is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from Hamline University.

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