Engaging candidates on issues important to our organizations and communities during election season is a powerful way to ensure they prioritize those issues once in office. At a national level, leaders–including the President of the United States–must understand public policy issues impacting the work of nonprofits. Our sector is an economic powerhouse, a trusted source of information, and an essential partner for any policymaker with big goals.
Even if a candidate isn’t yet worried about how they will govern, they would be wise to pay attention to nonprofits for another reason: voters want them to. Independent Sector-sponsored polling in 2019 demonstrates that voters would be much more likely to support a candidate who pledged to work with and on behalf of the nonprofit sector.
Beginning in 2019, Independent Sector engaged ALL presidential candidates through a request for information and campaign staff forum, which we held at Upswell in Chicago. Our goal is to educate 2020 presidential candidates on sector-wide policy issues and demonstrate best practices for nonpartisan candidate engagement. Below you’ll find the results of our own efforts and resources for you to do the same.
Meet the Candidates
In anticipation of the 2020 election, Independent Sector sent a questionnaire to every presidential candidate inquiring about issues critical to the nonprofit sector. Below is a list of all major party candidates who are currently in the race. You’ll find questionnaires and video responses from the candidates who submitted them, as well as links to each candidate’s website so that you can do your own research.
In July 2020, Independent Sector sent a second letter to the Biden and Trump campaigns encouraging them to engage the nonprofit sector in the development of public policies and their administration plans.
The following candidates completed the questionnaire, but are no longer in the race.