Frequently Asked Questions
Equal Voice Action Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning Jan 1, 2016, annual membership dues will be $5 for current, renewing members. However, through calendar year 2017, the annual dues fee will be waived for first time members.
Dues provide Equal Voice Action with the resources to take action on behalf of its members, provide services and benefits and support the work of the organization. Dues from member 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted to use on non-political programs, but may be used for social welfare purposes, which are compatible with charitable purposes. Dues from member 501(c)(3) organizations are not used for EVA’s overhead or fundraising costs.
We ask members to pay membership dues, and to support the mission of Equal Voice Action.
As an Equal Voice Action member, you will determine the organization's priority issues. In addition to joining a community of shared values, EVA provides benefits and advocacy tools to its members. Members will receive:
- Voting rights on a platform of social issues that EVA will advocate.
- Voting rights to help select the EVA Board of Directors.
- Access to the EVA website and the right to post noncommercial ads about job opportunities, housing, events and other items of community interest on the site.
- Access to the EVA online community forums.
- Special invitations to members-only EVA events.
Both individuals and organizations can become members. Click here to apply for membership.
Nearly 50 million people are living in poverty in the United States. We can no longer afford to wait for those least affected by poverty to enact comprehensive policy change that will help all families. Equal Voice Action is the only nationwide organization led by families dedicated to eliminating poverty. The only way to achieve comprehensive policy change is by standing together and working together – across geography, cultures and issues. If we want policymakers to listen to us, we must unite our voices. Equal Voice Action is committed to raising the issues YOU decide are most important. If you want to join like-minded people across the country and help make real change happen, you should be a member of Equal Voice Action.
Can a (c)(3) organization link to the EVA website from its website, or include a link to EVA in messages to members?
Yes. We have designed our homepage so that it is a “safe landing” page that includes no grassroots calls to legislative action from EVA nor any partisan political messaging from EVA. We recommend that organizations not include any lobbying or political content in their messages that link to EVA, and we also suggest that you use a “pop-up” box alerting the viewer that they are leaving the organization’s site and going to EVA.
Yes, but please check with us first so we can work out the details. In many cases, it might be a better idea for your organization to directly recruit your members to join EVA.
Yes! Just like paying dues, (c)(3) organizations can support EVA’s social welfare programs with staff time and other tangible and intangible (c)(3) resources.
Yes. Our organizational membership application form contains the legal understanding that the organization’s support for EVA’s current programs is entirely devoted to nonpartisan social welfare activities.
Yes, the organization can contact its own members and volunteers, by emailing them, passing out membership forms at events, and other means of recommending that they join EVA.
Our Structure and Governance
For 2015, all of our activities will be nonpartisan. That is, we will not favor or disfavor any political party or candidate seeking election to public office. If we find critical opportunities to influence specific legislative proposals affecting poor and low-income families, we will do so only with resources from individuals, and from organizations that legally can and do make their assets available for such lobbying. A central part of our social welfare programming includes building our membership base with outreach to families around the country, providing them with the resources and tools to have a real voice in public policies affecting their lives, and making it easier to join together with others like them. In future years, we will update our program descriptions. If we decide to engage in legislative lobbying, ballot measures, or anything politically partisan, we will be in contact with our organizational members and make sure that any of their resources used in that way are legally available for such purposes.
We receive funding from membership dues, grants from other nonprofit organizations, and some advertising revenue, among other sources. Dues from member 501(c)(3) organizations are restricted to use on non-political programs, but may be used for social welfare purposes, which are compatible with charitable purposes. Dues from member 501(c)(3) organizations are not used for EVA’s overhead or fundraising costs.
Yes. We are a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization.
The Equal Voice Action board of directors, which is elected by founding, organizational, and individual members, in accordance with EVA’s bylaws. Officers are elected by the board.
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