[act-ma] March 21st - Your nonprofit can engage voters and candidates without jeopardizing your tax-exempt status!

Deborah Elizabeth Finn deborah_elizabeth_finn at post.harvard.edu
Mon Mar 5 09:19:12 PST 2018

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) is a certified BCorp that exists to provide
integrated technology services to nonprofits and other mission-based
organizations. It’s also our pleasure to offer you professional development
opportunities that are both free of charge and free of sales pitches.

Tech Networks of Boston is delighted to invite you to a Roundtable session
on March 21st about how nonprofit organizations can engage voters and
candidates. Our featured guests will be George Pillsbury of Nonprofit VOTE
and Cheryl Clyburn Crawford of MassVOTE.

At Tech Networks of Boston, we believe that political action for nonprofit
organizations does not have to be confined to lobbying. It’s also important
to find ways to be active in elections, without jeopardizing your
organization’s tax exempt status.

To find more information, or to register for this session, please follow
this link:


Here's what Cheryl and George say about this session:

"Join the nonprofits and elections discussion! Learn how your nonprofit can
encourage your staff and community to vote and get your issues in front of
candidates. This interactive session will cover the following:

    o  "How to stay nonpartisan

    o  "Effective ways to promote voter registration and voting

    o  "Connecting with candidates

"The session will highlight the benefits and impact of voting and election
activity with practical ways to promote voting that adds value, not another

Here’s a little more about George:

George Pillsbury is a senior consultant for Nonprofit VOTE, a national hub
of voter engagement resources and training to for the nonprofit sector. He
was its founder and first executive director. Prior to starting Nonprofit
VOTE, George founded and directed MassVOTE, a nonpartisan voter engagement
organization in Massachusetts. His work spans three decades in the
nonprofit sector working in philanthropy, social investing, and voter and
civic participation. He started several foundations dedicated to community
uplift including the Haymarket People’s Fund, The Film Fund and Funding
Exchange of New York.

George has authored several nonpartisan voter engagement guides, including
Nonprofits, Voting and Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide to Nonpartisan Voter
Engagement, , A Nonprofit’s Guide to Hosting a Candidate Forum and America
Goes to the Polls, a bienniel series of voter turnout for the last four
national elections. George has a B.A. from Yale University and M.P.A. from
Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Here’s a little more about Cheryl:

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford is executive director at MassVOTE, a nonprofit
organization that works to promote active political participation by
providing civic organizations the tools they need to organize, register,
and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised
communities. As the public face of the organization, she plays a critical
role in recruiting coalition members, new donors, and volunteers.

Cheryl is the 2nd vice president of the NAACP-Boston Branch.  She is a
former executive board chair of EmergeMA, a political leadership training
program.  Cheryl sits on the Women's Pipeline for Change’s oversight and
planning board. She is an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a
Prince Hall affiliated organization, as well as the vice president of the
Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association. Before MassVOTE, Cheryl served
as campaign manager and later chief of staff to state representative Willie
Mae Allen.

Please note:

1) In keeping with the spirit of the TNB Roundtable series, this session
will NOT be a sales pitch for any product or service. This will be a
professional development opportunity for nonprofit professionals who want
to learn with and from their peers in other organizations.

2) This session is for employees of nonprofit organizations. It is not
designed to meet the needs of vendors, volunteers, students, consultants,
job-seekers, and others.

3) Priority in registration will be given to those who are employed by
nonprofit organizations that hold full membership in the Massachusetts
Nonprofit Network.

4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit
professionals. However, you must have a confirmed registration in order to

5) If this session is booked to capacity by the time you seek to register
for it, please go ahead and put yourself on the waiting list. We have a
good track record of finding seats for nonprofit professionals on the
waiting list.

We hope that you can join us for a vigorous and informative conversation,
in which you will be welcome to share your knowledge and experience with
your peers!

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn  |  Senior Strategist
Tech Networks of Boston
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