Let’s Create a Digital Petition
Digital platforms are powerful tools for advocating for the change you want to see and making your voice heard. Creating online petitions, specifically, can help you to engage your broader community in issues that you care about so that you can rally for change together.
Creating a petition is easy! Watch our short training video on creating a digital petition below to get started.
There are a lot of free petition tools out there, such as Change.org or iPetitions. For Digital Ambassadors in our Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere program, we offer special support in creating petitions on our own platform. If you’re interested in this additional digital organizing support from The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Digital Team, you can join our This Gen Advocacy Network as a Digital Ambassador. Email Katy Butler, AGF’s Director of Digital Strategy and Advocacy, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your petition copy by following the form below. We’ll send you feedback, answer any questions you have, publish your petition, and share it with our This Gen Advocacy Network.
We’re a 501C3. What does that mean?
The 501(c)(3) Scoop :The Andrew Goodman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, a designation in the United States Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that offers charitable nonprofits tax-exempt status. To maintain this status, AGF must comply with certain regulations, namely abstaining from partisan behaviors, such as endorsing candidates or political parties. For this reason, it’s of utmost importance that AGF staff and representatives of AGF, including the entire Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere Network, ensure nonpartisanship in their campus and community efforts. To be clear, partisan and political activity in everyday life, outside of Andrew Goodman Vote Everywhere, is allowable. (You are encouraged to delineate opinions as your own when you are not acting on behalf of AGF.) Here is a more in-depth look at the details.
So What Can You Do? Nonpartisanship means refraining from endorsing or campaigning on behalf of a particular party or candidate. While this is essential to maintaining 501(c)(3) status, it does not prohibit nonprofits from advocacy work, like registering voters, educating voters, and getting out the vote.
√ Register people to vote
√ Educate voters about how, when, and where to vote
√ Provide nonpartisan voter guides and sample ballots
√ Host or recommend attending candidate forums
√ Invite candidates or parties to attend events
√ Get out the vote
√ And More! (Please reach out with questions)
x Endorse a candidate
x Register people based on political affiliation
x Tell a person for whom to vote
x Rate or rank parties’ and/or candidates’ favorability based on their platforms
x Give a particular party or candidate preferred access to resources