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HSN organizes candidate forums to address issues of nonprofit concern, makes endorsements on ballot measures that impact nonprofits and those we serve, and promotes voter registration to encourage nonprofit employees and clients to register and exercise their right to vote.

HSN organized candidate forums in the 2003 and 2011 Mayor's races and several contested Supervisorial elections from 2002 to 2012. We also developed candidate questionnaires and distributed the results at the forums and to members. The forums and questionnaires focused on issues related to health and human services, vulnerable populations, and the nonprofit sector.

We have also endorsed and fought for ballot propositions that impact our sector and the people we serve, including measures to increase revenues for health and human services and to build affordable housing.

HSN encourages nonprofit agencies to organize voter registration drives for their staff and clients. It is crucial that all nonprofit employees and clients exercise their right to vote. Elected officials and ballot measures have significant impacts on our community, our agencies, and the lives of those we serve.


NOVEMBER 2016: Vote on November 8!

Flyer for nonprofit staff

  • YES on San Francisco Propositions C, I, J, K, S, T, V, W, X
  • NO on San Francisco Propositions P, Q, U
  • YES on California Propositions 52, 55

JUNE 2016:

YES ON C - For low-income housing
Prop C provides opportunities for low and middle-income families impacted by the housing crisis. It's a good first step, but we need to go further to address people struggling with homelessness and poverty.


Flyer for nonprofit staff

HSN-CCHO door-hanger

NO on C – Requiring nonprofits to register as lobbyists will chill grassroots advocacy.
Bureaucratic hurdles and $500 fee will drive small organizations out of public policy debates.


  • Voter Registration Drives: Guidelines, Logistics and Rules for San Francisco Nonprofit Organizations (updated April 2013).

  • You - and the Nonprofit Health & Human Services Sector: Advocating for Our Agencies and Our Clients (updated November 2016). This document for nonprofit staff is meant to be distributed as a 2-sided 3-panel brochure. Print settings: two-sided, flip page on short edge.

  • Pushback Against “Austerity”: The Emergence of a Pro Public Revenue Coalition in San Francisco, 2008-12, Calvin Welch, San Francisco Information Clearinghouse. This paper was presented at an HSN brown bag lunch on 4/13/13. It highlights the emergence of a successful electoral coalition to campaign for ballot measures aimed at increasing public sector revenue during a period of recession and budget cuts.
  • Propositions N and Q website: HSN led the campaign to pass two revenue measures on the November 2008 ballot. Measure N (Changing Real Property Transfer Tax Rates) and Measure Q (Modifying the Payroll Expense Tax) will generate approximately $40 million/year in new revenue, which will help protect safety net services facing potential budget cuts.
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