Sunday, January 6, 2008
The Nonprofit Primary Project (website) is a national effort to educate Presidential Candidates about the needs of the nonprofit sector and to infuse the sector's points of view into the national debate during the 2008 Presidential Campaign Season. Spearheaded by the Nonprofit Congress (website) and the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (website), the Nonprofit Primary Project began in New Hampshire with the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits (Center). The Center launched the project by piloting a series of “living room chat” style sessions with the Presidential Candidates, both democratic and republican. These chat sessions and other candidate interviews are posted on the Center's website (candidates). In addition, the New Hampshire Nonprofit Center partnered with a correspondent from the Chronicle of Philanthropy to follow both democratic and republican candidates during the final weekend of campaigning in New Hampshire before Tuesday's primary. The site includes postings of these "bird-dogging"events and summaries (bird-dogging). The reported exchanges with the candidates provide some invaluable insight into how the candidates view the partnership between the public and nonprofit sectors.