501c3 Status & Election Rules
We don’t need to tell anyone that the 2016 election season is in full swing. It is crucial, however, that all United for Peace and Justice activists remember that UFPJ operates under 501c3 tax-exempt organization constraints and as such, we are prohibited from endorsing, supporting, showing favor, or opposition to any candidates running for elective public office. This applies to our web assets, including our email lists and social media. Please do not intervene in political campaigns officially as a member of UFPJ and do not use our services to promote or object to political candidates. Violation of these rules could lead to penalties that would hurt UFPJ and threaten the peace movement. We trust that you understand and will comply with these expectations.
While we cannot and will not engage in political campaigning for or against candidates, together, we will still continue to engage voters and organize to stomp out the great evils of militarism, poverty, and racism.
If you have questions about the rules on compliance with federal tax laws, please visit this IRS fact sheet: “Election Year Activities and the Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention for Section 501(c)(3)” Organizations.
You can also review: “Election Checklist for 501(c)(3) Public Charities: Ensuring Election Year Advocacy Efforts Remain Nonpartisan.”
If you have any further questions about UFPJ as a 501c3 in an election year, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org