Date(s) - 04/30/2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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.
TNB is pleased to invite you to a Roundtable session on April 30th 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. This session was originally scheduled for March 21st, but cancelled because of the inclement weather.
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.
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 program.”
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.
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 had confirmed registrations for the March 14th TNB Roundtable session. Any available seats not taken by the original registrants will be offered to nonprofit professionals who were on the waiting list for the March 14th session.
4) Participation in this session is free of charge for nonprofit professionals. However, you must have a confirmed registration in order to attend.
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!