Resources provided by League of Women Voters® of United States for state and local Leagues.
LWV United States Websites
The “League Management Site” is the go-to place for finding out details of managing a League and for finding information on guidelines and samples/templates for doing a lot of League activities. Many of the links to information listed below are from this website.
Stay informed on the LWVUS Updates & Action Alerts by subscribing on http://lwv.org/ using the “Get Involved” signup box on the right side of the screen.
Finding your way around the LWV websites
The League of Women Voters® website has changed a fair few times over the years and this always leads to a bit of confusion for finding information. Try using their Site Map (Site Map is no longer available on lwv.org) as a way to find what you are looking for more easily.
The resources most often needed by local and state leagues are found in the League Management area. This Member Resources Website will help you find answers to many of your questions. See this page for an overview of League Management Site.
Sections listed in the Site Map include:
- Online Discussion Groups **this section is no longer valid**
- Voter Service
- Manage Your League
- Member / Leader Development
- Branding & Logo Guidelines
The Board Policy Handbook also provides a lot of good information: A collection of policies for the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund including: Governance Documents (Mission Statement, Bylaws and Trust Agreement), Board Responsibilities, Board Member Policies (Conflict of Interest, Nonpartisan), Financial Policies, Program Policies, Development Policies, Field Service Policies, Convention/ Council Policies, Communications Policies, Administrative Policies and Procedures Concerning State and Local Leagues.
LWV-US Action Kits
League of Women Voters: YouTube Videos
LWV provides a wealth of video resources on their YouTube channel. There are historical videos as well as more current ones for use at meetings, on websites, and more>Here are some examples:
Tools Recommended or Requested by YOU!
- Debtes and Forums
- Guidelines for State And Local League Debates including “empty chair” debates: Candidate debates are regulated by federal and state election laws and regulations. In addition, important Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules apply to debates sponsored by organizations designated as 501(c)(3) by the IRS. League-sponsored debates are governed still further by the League’s own nonpartisan policy. Although legal challenges are infrequent, debates are high-stakes campaign activities, and candidates who believe they have been hurt politically by a debate may challenge debate sponsors under these laws. READ HERE
- Face-to-Face: Face to Face was first published by the League in 1996 as a guide to help Leagues sponsor and produce effective, fair and interesting candidate debates. This publication was updated in 2007 but has not been revised in recent years. While the information on the processes for creating fair debates still offers good guidance, due to changes in laws since that time, you’ll find some of the information is out dated. Please use this handbook as a reference, but do not solely rely on its contents. Please make sure to check the laws in your state and look at other documents on the LWVUS website. READ HERE
- Observing Your Government In Action: Protecting Your Right to Know – This is a guide for Observer Corps activities. “As this example demonstrates, League “observer corps” or monitoring programs are not new. Many Leagues across the country have had programs in place for decades. The goal of this publication is to document how these programs work, as well as to describe the benefits that accrue to the League as well as the public. We have compiled some “best practices” as well as provided information about how these programs can contribute to the vitality of the League. It is our hope that even the most experienced observer will find something new in this guide.” READ HERE
- Best Practices – The national League board recognizes that fulfilling the requirements alone does not assure a smooth-running and viable League and that Leagues that employ certain practices that both enhance and supplement the requirements are usually the more successful Leagues. … READ HERE
- League Basics – Formerly “In League” League Basics contains essential policy and organizational information applicable to every local and state League. League Basics offers advice, guidelines and more detailed information to help leaders develop specific methods of operation to enable a League to accomplish its goals. LINKS HERE
- Impact on Issues – Includes the official statements of position for each program area, briefly traces significant past actions and achievements, and indicates links among positions. The LWVUS public policy positions reflect the 2016-2018 program adopted by the 2016 convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States; the “positions in brief” listed there summarize the official statements of position included in this guide. Updated following biennial convention.LINKS HERE
- League Myths About Advocacy – The purpose of this document is to dispel some myths about LWVUS advocacy. We hope this document will be helpful as we continue to work together at all levels of the League and create the strong success of our advocacy efforts across the country. FILE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE – It is common for Leagues to support their advocacy activities with only non-charitable contributions. However, this is unnecessary. Leagues may, and are encouraged, to use charitable contributions to support their non-lobbying advocacy activities. Advocacy encompasses pleading for or against causes, as well as supporting or recommending positions. …FILE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
- Defining “Advocacy” VS. “Lobbying” – It is common for Leagues to support their advocacy activities with only non-charitable contributions. However, this is unnecessary. Leagues may, and are encouraged, to use charitable contributions to support their non-lobbying advocacy activities. Advocacy encompasses pleading for or against causes, as well as supporting or recommending positions. …READ HERE
- Streamlining Local League Advocacy – How To Make a Difference with a Small Group or a Committee of One. FILE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
- Redistricting Action Kit – The League of Women Voters believes responsibility for redistricting preferably should be vested in an independent special commission, with membership that reflects the diversity of the unit of government, including citizens at large, representatives of public interest groups, and members of minority groups. This Action Kit provides tools for League members to take action in your community or state related to redistricting. READ & DOWNLOAD FILES HERE
- Webinar & Training Library – Catch up on any thing you may have missed by using this library such as: Writing for the Web, Voter Registration Best Practices, and much more. VIEW LIST AND LINK HERE
- LWV Education Fund Clearinghouse – This is a must have resource for anyone engaged in studies/task forces. By sharing studies here, we provide a wealth of resources that can be used for new studies. ENTER CLEARINGHOUSE HERE
- Local and State League Education Funds – The League of Women Voters has an education fund that is available to all Leagues through the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). It was established in 1957 as a separate tax-exempt organization with a 501 (c)(3) tax status. The purpose of this service is to allow Leagues to obtain tax-deductible funding for educational projects while at the same time relieving Leagues of administrative burdens connected with maintaining an educational fund. READ HERE