Nonprofit Nonpartisanship Under Threat in Congress

2017-03-17 | Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Keeping Nonprofits Nonpartisan Depends on You!

A core principle of charitable nonprofits – nonpartisanship – is under threat in Washington, DC. We need you to take two minutes to have your organization express support for a protection that has protected our work from divisive partisanship for generations. Sign the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship now!

Nonprofits are hailed as safe spaces in our communities because we bring people together to solve problems, help each other, and enrich the lives of many. We accomplish so much more because our board meetings are not filled with disruptive arguments about which political candidate to endorse.  And we don’t have people questioning our motives and whether funds they donate to our missions will be redirected to a politician’s election campaign. Protecting nonpartisanship protects charitable organizations and our communities from partisan politics and division that causes strife among and within those safe places.

Bills pending in Congress would repeal or significantly weaken the current law’s longstanding protections by inviting charitable and philanthropic organizations to endorse or oppose candidates for elected office and divert some of their assets away from their missions to instead support partisan campaigns. This legislation would subject charitable nonprofits and foundations to demands for political endorsements and campaign contributions (diverting donors' money away from mission-related work to benefit politicians) and damage public trust in the work of nonprofits. Further, it’s completely unnecessary. Nonprofits - and their individual staff, board members, and volunteers - already have many legal avenues to freely express their views on a wide range of public policy issues through existing laws that allow for advocacy of our missions to policymakers.

BE HEARD NOW

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has proudly signed, together with the nonprofits and foundations from across the country, a special joint Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship. This letter will be delivered to our U.S. Senators and Representatives to show them that charitable nonprofits, foundations, and for-profit businesses are united in opposition to efforts to politicize our community.

We urge each Alliance member to

  • Sign your organization onto the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship … AND
  • Share the letter broadly with your board members, your colleagues at other organizations, and others in your networks so the organizations they care about can join in this vital effort to preserve the protections in current law.

Join with us in keeping partisan politics out of nonprofits.