Vote for Me: Political Activities

March 13, 2024

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This year is a big election year with U.S. Presidential and Congressional races as well as a number of state and local races.  When it comes to influencing federal and state legislation, Head Start grantees may find it difficult to navigate between prohibited activities and those that cannot be charged to federal funds. Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in certain political activities, but there are still many advocacy activities that tax-exempt organizations may engage in. Head Start agencies are also subject to additional restrictions. Now is a good time to review your policies and procedures that cover advocacy and political campaign activity to make sure you understand what you can and can't do this upcoming election season. 

Knowing where the lines are and understanding practical strategies for documenting and demonstrating compliance over the long term will empower and protect your organization as you and your partners work to support your community.   

In this webinar, we will explain what the rules are – and are not. 

Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Head Start Training Package holders. For more information on our Head Start Training Package, click here or contact us.

Target Audience

  • Executive Directors 
  • Head Start Directors 
  • Management Team 
  • New Leadership/Management Staff 

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain whether you can allow voter registration in your agency 
  • Describe how the Hatch Act requirements apply to Head Start programs and employees 
  • Understand what kind of political or campaign activities are allowed 
  • Detail the consequences if you break the rules 
  • Distinguish permissible and impermissible lobbying efforts 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/13/2024 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
03/13/2024 - 2:15pm EDT

Nicole Bacon

Nicole Bacon, a Partner at the firm, works in the Federal Grants, Litigation, and Health Care practice groups. She offers her clients specialized guidance in compliance with federal grant law including specific programmatic requirements as well as the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements of Federal Awards. Nicole represents a variety of community-based organizations, before State and Federal courts as well as administrative bodies. [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 1.50 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 5 of the polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, we will email you your CPE Certificate within two (2) weeks.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: CFOs, Finance Managers, and Finance Department Personnel, Other Managers involved in Budgeting and Funds Management, Head Start Leadership, including CEOs, COOs, Executive Directors/Head Start Program Directors, Grant Managers, Specialists, and Administrators, Program Officers, Grant Officers
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to five (5) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance


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