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Elections Resources for CBOs
Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s), non-profit organizations, charities, and advocacy groups are undeniably affected by the public policy decisions made by elected government officials, along with the bureaucrats they appoint, and elected legislators. CBO’s, and other nonprofit organizations, are acutely in the public realm and there are individuals and whole communities that rely on their services and influence. That means the actions, or in many cases the inactions, of government intersect with and have a major impact on the work of CBOs and on the communities they serve.

In the wake of the 2008-09 deep recession, we are still in a period of tight government budgets and intense competition for limited, tax-generated resources. The challenges of ending the HIV epidemic, achieving universal health care, and eliminating social and economic inequities require sound public policies. Given what’s at stake, it is incumbent on CBOs and other local nonprofits to advocate public policies on behalf of their work and the populations they serve. As such it behooves nonprofits to be engaged in the electoral process so that they may ensure a voice for their constituencies in the policy decision-making process of federal, state, and local government.


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Rules of the Game: How to Engage in the 2016 Election as a 501(c)(3)

The webinar explored what you can and cannot do as a 501(c)(3) community-based organization while still being politically active during this critical election cycle! During the webinar, our expert panel discussed the do’s and don’t’s for non-profits who want to get involved, from: whether someone can engage in partisan political activity in a personal capacity, what it means to be nonpartisan, legislative scorecards, how to do candidate education and questionnaires, voter registration, and much more! Access the webinar here.

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SpeakUP Podcast on Presidential Elections
Learn what access-to-care advocates are doing to ensure presidential campaigns are taking clear positions on issues that affect our communities.


Commenting on Candidates and Campaigns: How 501(c)(3)s Can Respond During an Election Year on Judicial Nominations and Remain Nonpartisan
This tool, created by our partners at Bolder Advocacy, offers tips for how 501(c)(3) organizations can respond to candidates or political parties on judicial nominations and remain nonpartisan. Download the factsheet (PDF)

Praising and Criticizing Incumbents: How 501(c)(3)s Can Hold Elected Officials Accountable for Official Actions
This fact sheet, created by our partners at Bolder Advocacy, addresses how 501(c)(3)s can praise and criticize incumbents for official actions. Download the (PDF)

Advocating for Policy Change: Involving the Public in Important Policy Debates
This fact sheet, created by our partners at Bolder Advocacy, explains how 501(c)(3)s can involve the public in policy debates. Download the (PDF)

Take Part in Voter Registration Day, September 27, 2016
The key to voting is being registered. Each year, millions of people don ‘t vote because they missed a registration deadline. Make sure you or anyone you know is not left out. Use National Voter Registration Day to spread the word for voter registration.

Decision 2016: The Politics of a Pandemic
This article, written for Poz.com, takes an in-depth look at the ways in which the upcoming national, state and local elections could affect the lives of people living with HIV. Click here to read more.


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