Electioneering Rules for Private Foundations and Public Charities

The legal staff at the Packard Foundation, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation and Moore Foundation developed this free, resource, which covers the basic legal rules around the electioneering prohibition. It takes about ninety minutes to complete and features "Maya," a program officer that helps participants through the course. Participants can also return to the training at any time for a refresher and click on the individual modules to refer back to specific topics.

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Course Map

ELECTIONEERING PROHIBITION OVERVIEW       VOTER EDUCATION ISSUE ADVOCACY
Maya
  • Electioneering Definition
  • Key Points
     
  • Voter Guides
  • Candidate Questionnaires
  • Ballot Measures
 
INTRACTING WITH CANDIDATES       VOTER PARTICIPATION OTHER ISSUES
  • Candidate Forums
  • Candidate Pledges
  • Candidates or Current Government
    Officials
  • When is Someone a Candidate?
  • Sharing Research With Candidates
  • Transition Teams
  • Personal Activities
     
  • Get Out the Vote Drives
  • Voter Registration
  • Foreign Elections
  • Grantees with Affiliated Organizations
  • Funding 501(c)(4) and other Non-501(c)(3) Charities
  • 527s, PACs and SuperPACs

Authors:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Edna Garrett, Assistant General Counsel

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Elizabeth Peters, General Counsel
Kristy Tsadick, Associate General Counsel

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Sasha Abrams, Deputy General Counsel

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Mary Anne Rodgers, General Counsel
Megan Jellinek, Attorney