Nonprofits & Elections

It's a busy time 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 are up for election this November.

Given all of this, it’s essential that all organizations make sure we’re doing our part in supporting the work to build and deepen community power. We are all stronger when our democracy is strong. We are all stronger when communities are using their voice and power to help shape and change the systems that impact them every day – especially communities that have been historically disenfranchised and silenced. 

Visit our 2018 elections page to find ways your nonprofit can get involved in this election. You'll find an election calendar, information, tools, and training resources.

10 Ways Nonprofits Can Build Power 

  1. Talk to people about the importance of voting in staff meetings, board meetings, and in program updates.
  2. Send emails to your staff, members, customers or clients, board, and volunteers encouraging them to vote!
  3. Include a NOVEMBER 6 — VOTE! reminder in payroll envelopes that go out closest to Election Day or put a reminder in staff mailboxes.
  4. Include a NOVEMBER 6 — VOTE! reminder in staff meetings or program updates a month before Election Day.
  5. Put a NOVEMBER 6 — VOTE! message in your email signature so that every email you send reminds people to vote!
  6. Encourage everyone to vote by putting a newsletter article on your website, in your e-news, and on social media!
  7. Do an “office knock” on the day before Election Day — make the rounds in your offices to remind your colleague to vote!
  8. Make a VOTE Today! sign and place it in your main lobby and other common areas on Election Day with information about polling places and same-day registration.
  9. Make a NOVEMBER 6 — VOTE! message on your outdoor marquis or in your window so that passersby are reminded to vote.
  10. Take time off on Election Day — or even part of it to help GOTV!

501(c)(3) Rules

Learn what is and is not permissible voter mobilization activity for 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Visit the 501(c)(3) Rules Section

Nonprofit Advocate E-Newsletter

Get tips on how your nonprofit organization can get involved in nonpartisan nonprofit election activity and other nonprofit advocacy news and opportunities. Sign Up for the Nonprofit Advocate! 

Nonprofit Vote

Nonprofit Vote partners with America’s nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. Visit Nonprofit Vote's Website for upcoming trainings and resources. 


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