From the National Council of Nonprofits

Elections are taking place every month in America. This month -- and almost every month -- you can bet that somewhere in the country, an engaged citizen is stepping up to cast her vote in a special election for mayor, a primary for county supervisor, or a ballot initiative that will directly impact her daily life.

In the next five months, residents in more than 400 communities across the United States will go to the polls, exercising their rights as Americans by engaging in the purest form of democracy.

Charitable nonprofits operate in every single one of those 400 communities, as well as every other community across the United States, solving problems and serving local needs every day, every month, every year. Charitable nonprofits work to advance their missions by engaging in their communities and often they are the epitome of civic engagement in their neighborhoods.

To many of the people working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector, voting is as much a part of mission and community problem-solving as serving individuals in need and raising the quality of life for local residents.

Individuals who work and volunteer for nonprofits have a stake, and therefore should have a say, in the outcome of elections. It is for that reason that the National Council of Nonprofits has joined with Independent Sector, Nonprofit VOTE, and United Way Worldwide to launch an initiative to make it easy for all nonprofits to promote the most fundamental element of civic engagement: voting.

Called Nonprofit Votes Count, the nonpartisan campaign provides a wealth of resources that make it easy for all nonprofit staff, board members, and other volunteers to get registered and ready to vote in whatever their next election is. And then the election after that ... and the one after that. …




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