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Foundations & Election-Related Activities

If you work for a foundation that wants to engage in and/or fund election-related activities, you need this training! It reviews the federal tax rules governing public and private foundation support for election-related activities and also explains the types of activities in which foundations may be involved, such as issue advocacy, voter guides, and candidate debates and forums. In addition, the session covers ballot measures and examines the special rules for private foundations and voter registration drives. The workshop is designed for foundation staff and trustees.

Participants will learn:
  • How private and public foundations can fund nonpartisan election-related activities;
  • Special rules for private foundations looking to fund voter registration; and
  • How foundations can conduct civic engagement work.


Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort, Program Director, Bolder Advocacy- Alliance for Justice

Marrying her love for advocacy with her extensive legal background, Natalie brings a wealth of knowledge, passion, and experience to the table. She joined Alliance for Justice (AFJ) because she was inspired by their focus on the power of nonprofit advocacy to drive policy change. As someone who has seen firsthand the impact of wrongful convictions, Natalie is dedicated to working towards a more just and equitable society.

Natalie’s previous experience as Executive Director and Chief Staff Attorney for the Innocence Project of Texas has been invaluable in her current role. Her time there allowed her to develop skills in coordinating with allied nonprofits, designing policy agendas, and communicating with government officials – all crucial aspects of her current work at AFJ.

Learn more about Natalie and her work here.