On September 13, 2023, Independent Sector released public polling results reflecting the views of registered voters on a wide range of topics related to nonprofits and public policy.
Ahead of an election year, these results provide valuable insight into the landscape of public opinion about charitable giving policy, federal representation of the nonprofit sector, the sector’s role in the community, and how the public engages with nonprofits.
The findings are clear. Voters overwhelmingly want to see nonprofits better resourced through charitable giving and federal tax credits, more represented in policy conversations, and more actively participating in civic engagement in the communities they serve.
Voters value nonprofit advocacy and civic engagement. They are more likely to donate to an organization that advocates for their community or conducts nonpartisan activities to help people in their community vote. They also support establishing a clearer definition of what nonprofits are and are not allowed to do when conducting nonpartisan civic engagement.
As a national nonprofit organization representing a diverse community of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs, Independent Sector recognizes the significance of this public support and urges legislators to answer voters’ call for action.