News & Views

A blog for those interested in what affects, motivates and drives the New York City Nonprofit Sector — written by CRE’s crackerjack consulting team. We hope you use this space to share your thoughts, ask questions and engage in conversations about our city, social justice and the nonprofit sector.

Why Nonprofits Should “Bother” with Civic Engagement

By Louisa Hackett, Senior Managing Director - When talking about getting people to vote, I’ve frequently heard – “Why bother? People only pay attention to this every four years.” It’s true the frenzy dies down after the Presidential election and voter engagement issues diminish, but the reality is local, state and national elections happen way more often then every four years. A year from now New York City will be voting for a new Mayor, and a year after that we will have mid-term elections for seats to the House and Senate. These regularly occurring elections require more -- not less -- civic engagement.

Some Universities and Colleges understand the importance of making voter registration an on-going event. As recently reported in The New York Times, Northwestern University and University of Florida now include voter registration in their freshmen orientation. As a result, this year 89% of Northwestern’s freshmen are registered to vote in 37 different states.

What would happen if New York City’s nonprofits integrated voter registration within their daily operations? All together we employ 528,000 people and serve another 2.2 million. If our nonprofit community became civically engaged, got registered, and turned out to vote, imagine what could happen. Do you think the polling places could handle the increased volume of voters?

Fifty-eight colleges use TurboVote to help their students obtain absentee ballots, find voting locations, and track upcoming elections. TurboVote has signed up 100,000 voters to date.

While TurboVote may be a useful tool for nonprofits, its web-based system may not work for everyone. For additional information for how to get your nonprofit involved in getting out the vote: see

Find us on:  CRE on Twitter CRE on Facebook  

News and Views


United Way of NYC CRE Executive Search publications IT Maria Mottola New York Times computers nonprofit management Coaching Neighborhood Based Capacity Building Initiative bookkeeping Huffington Post Albany board leadership jobs What is Core? CRE POV hard times Development Survey Interns cre nonprofit leaders queens Ximena Rua-Merkin Bill Ryan CRE Tips leadership Valyrie Laedlein Mark Light President Obama National Committee of Responsive Philanthropy Barbara Turk Rona Taylor nonprofit accountability government MAC AIDS Fund HR Without HR Nonprofit Government Updates board and staff relations Pavitra Menon harvard business school executive transition tips arts Louisa Hackett CRE News Alliance for Nonprofit Management Government News grantmakers for effective organizations Hurricane Sandy National and Community Service Pamela Dicent Barbara Blumenthal generative NYCCCOC handling the unexpected grantmakers Sector Research Karen Erdos Nonprofit News Nonprofit Quarterly Board of Directors RFP 30th Anniversary evaluation Beth Kobliner Data Volunteers Fran Barrett Useful Links Michael Hickey postponed event lower Manhattan House Party collaborations Jean Lobell Rashid Littlejohn executive Stanford Social Innovation Review Ero Gray fundraising nonprofit start-ups NYS Budget guest blogger website, resources, announcements proposal writing Holly Delany Cole capacity building Advocacy strategic alliances nonprofit mergers New York Featured Items Needs Assessment record keeping case statement rockaways nonprofit ownership Philanthropic Collaborative Fran's Corner Randall Quan New York City Government accountability Funding Updates foundations Jeff Ballow mergers Nonprofit Sustainability Harvard Kennedy School Mohan Sikka civic engagement internal controls Nonprofit Tools staff HIV/AIDS services providers I.T. without I.T. Data Starved announcment Governance as Leadership community Peter Block New York Community Trust Client News Daring to Lead New York Foundation media