We’re not the first ones to say it, but we are at a pivotal point in our country’s history and it’s democracy. The last several months we have seen the country change drastically in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, altering the very fabric of our daily lives as a record number of people lost their jobs, millions contracted the virus and thousands have died. …

Like many Americans, we have been rocked by the brutal death of George Floyd, yet encouraged by the protestors’ struggle for justice and real change, a struggle seen in communities across the nation. Times like these call on all of us to ask hard questions — and to listen. It’s also an opportunity to do better and address underlying issues.

George Floyd

As calls for justice in the face of George Floyd’s death continue, the question arises — “How does the energy, frustration, and righteous anger get translated into lasting change?” President Obama summed up this challenge in a recent Medium blog

For me, the last two months have been Zoom meetings by day, Netflix by night. Painfully relatable was Taylor Tomlinson’s “Quarter-Life Crisis” as the days blur together.

There was also something else I found relatable: The “Patriot Act” episode called “Don’t Ignore the Asian American Vote in 2020.”

As an Asian American, I don’t feel like my community has been very politically engaged. Culturally, it’s common among my generation to say that we were raised to keep our head down, work hard, and value education to secure a stable future. That was definitely the view my parents raised me with.

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and the people you serve. But don’t take our word for it, check out these examples. Each month, Mission Possible will feature one organization and the unique way they are mobilizing their communities.

Last year, Alister Martin, an emergency room physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, helped…

Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector are partnering to bring you a new blog series, Mission Possible. This series will explore the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work. We believe that even limited voter engagement can help you enhance your mission and drive positive change for your communities and the people you serve. But don’t take our word for it, check out these

Welcome to Mission Possible: Our ongoing series highlighting nonprofits, foundations and other organizations who partnered with us to execute nonpartisan voter engagement.. …

Spread the Vote Staff Member

This post was written in collaboration with the staff at Spread the Vote.

Simply put, a voter ID law is any regulation requiring that a voter furnish proof of identity in order to cast a ballot in an election. As of 2016, ​over 30 states have voter ID laws in place.​ On the surface, these laws seem like common sense, but a closer look reveals that ​they do more harm than good.

The obstacles to obtaining an ID are numerous. If a voter manages to gather all of their paperwork, other challenges loom, such as actually getting to the nearest…

This Women’s History Month blog post was written by Natalie Cone, Manager of State Advocacy and Civic Engagement at the YWCA.

The organizing efforts of women in civic engagement have shaped and strengthened our democracy. From the suffragettes who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment almost 100 years ago to Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker who fought for civil and voting rights in the 1960s to the diverse and principled women who comprise the 116th Congress, women have played critical roles in bending the arc of the universe towards justice. As we come to the end of…

On March 18, Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Project released America Goes to the Polls, our report that looks at all 50 states turnout in 2018 and the policies that impacted it.

In 2018, we saw history being made as voters across the country turned out in numbers not seen in a midterm election in over 100 years.

When measured against voting eligible population, voter turnout was 50.3%, the largest increase in turnout from the previous midterm in U.S. history.

Even states without competitive statewide elections saw record turnout, which makes clear that national factors, including support and opposition…

The year is 2020. Across the country snow is melting, spring is just around the corner, and letters from the US Census Bureau are inside every mailbox. These letters will ask each household to record basic demographic data about themselves on an online portal. Many families will follow the link and complete the questionnaire with ease and be counted. But many individuals and households may not. Perhaps they lack reliable internet access. Or they receive the materials in a language they don’t speak. Or they’re fearful that the data being collected will be used against them. If they are young…

Nonprofit Vote has had the pleasure of working with several organizations doing voter engagement work. One of those organizations is the National Urban League, who also served as a premier partner for National Voter Registration Day. The NUL is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Its very history is intertwined with many movements for equality throughout our country since its founding in 1910. Working with over 90 affiliates in over 300 communities in 37 States and Washington, DC, providing direct services that impact and…

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