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The League Update

February 9, 2023

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Our Nation

Happy February, League leaders!

This past Tuesday, President Biden addressed Congress in his third State of the Union address. As the president of an organization that believes in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy, I was pleased to hear the President address two issues critical to the work Leagues are doing right now: voting rights and protecting reproductive health care for all. We call on our legislatures to defend reproductive justice and echo President Biden’s message on voting rights: “We must protect the right to vote, not suppress that fundamental right. Democracy must not be a partisan issue, it’s an American issue.” Read my statement on www.lwv.org

Additionally, February is Black History Month! Throughout the month, we will be honoring the Black activists who paved the way for progress and who continue to power our democracy. We encourage you to also seek ways to acknowledge the Black members of your communities who work every day to build and support our nation, even in the face of discrimination. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this month! Access blogs, graphics, and more Black History Month resources on the League Management Site.

Our League

I cannot wait to celebrate the League’s 103rd birthday next Tuesday! On February 14, I will be joining your fellow League leaders and our CEO, Virginia Kase Solomón, for our virtual birthday pep rally. If you have not already registered, you can sign up here. The rally will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page at 11am ET. I hope to see you there! 

In conjunction with our virtual celebration, Leagues will commemorate our history through a “People Powered League” Day of Action. Learn more about how Leagues across the country are celebrating our 103-year legacy, and share your League’s plans here. Leagues celebrating with us can find guidance around organizing, pre-made social media graphics, and more on the League Management Site

In other League news, I am pleased to announce the new phase of our transformation journey: Framing the Future. The blueprint has been created and the plan has been developed — now it is time to start building the frame! Therefore, it is time for all of us to roll up our sleeves and go to work. Starting now, applications will be accepted for four key working groups. These groups will answer vital questions to guide the next phase of the work: the Business Model Working Group, the Data Working Group, the Functional Specification Working Group, and the League Capacity Working Group. Applications are open from now until February 24. Learn more about each group by clicking its link, and please consider applying and/or encouraging others in your League to apply.

Finally, we know this is an important season for Leagues building their biennial budgets. Leagues should please build your budgets as you normally would. Systems change takes time, which is why the bylaws amendments were approved to allow for a period of transition. See more specific guidance on PMP, Convention 2024, and bylaws in the business section below. 

Working with you and for you every day.

In League,



Webinars and Virtual Meetings



Feb. 14, 11am ET

LWV "People Powered League" Birthday Pep Rally

Join president Dr. Deborah Turner, LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase Solomón, and your fellow Leagues for a “People Powered League” pep rally livestreamed on our Facebook page.



Feb. 16, 5:30pm ET

OutreachCircle Orientation

Are you a new OutreachCircle admin? Join the LWVUS organizing team to learn more about OutreachCircle’s technical tools, from action types to supporter recruitment methods and so much more!



Feb. 18, 11am ET

Preferences, Traditions, and Requirements (PTR) at 103!

An opportunity for Leagues to explore the preferences, traditions, and requirements of our organization and membership.



Feb. 21, 7pm ET

Preferences, Traditions, and Requirements (PTR) at 103!

An opportunity for Leagues to explore the preferences, traditions, and requirements of our organization and membership.



Feb. 21, 7pm ET

VOTE411 Office Hours

Join the VOTE411 staff to learn tips and tricks on how to write unbiased questions for candidates. Webinars are every other Tuesday at 7pm ET. Find the full schedule on the League Management Site.


Feb. 22, 3pm ET

Impact on Issues: 2022-2024

LWVUS will share a new, updated Impact on Issues document, which includes the updates made at the 2022 Convention.



Feb. 23, 3pm ET

Legislative Office Hours

Opportunity for Leagues and League members to address advocacy, legislative, or policy issues directly with a member of the LWVUS staff.



Feb. 23, 5pm ET

OutreachCircle Admin Workshop: State Legislative Action Alerts

Join the LWVUS organizing team to learn and practice creating powerful action alerts for your state or local OutreachCircle account.



Feb. 23, 7pm ET

Preferences, Traditions, and Requirements (PTR) at 103!

An opportunity for Leagues to explore the preferences, traditions, and requirements of our organization and membership.



See the full list of upcoming events on the League Management Site.





Feb. 14 LWV 103rd Birthday | "People Powered League" Day of Action


Celebrate the League’s 103rd birthday with us on Feb. 14 with a national day of action! Through storytelling, digital actions, local events, and advocacy, we will flex the breadth of our League people power and advance our priorities. We will have a marquee event with featured speakers livestreamed on our Facebook page at 11am ET on the day of the event. 

Whether you utilize our relational organizing tools, plan an event in your community, or share your story, there are a variety of ways for Leagues to get involved, take action, and celebrate with us. Register your event here. Leagues can find resources, including event templates, for this day of action in our toolkit

Survey: League Experience with Litigation Partners


The LWVUS litigation team needs your help! If you are a League leader, please fill out this short survey on your experience working with legal partners on state and federal litigation over the last few years. This survey will help LWVUS support your League in future litigation. Please reach out to Caren Short (cshort@lwv.org) with any questions.


LWVUS Legislative Priorities


The LWVUS board adopted legislative priorities for the year ahead in the 118th Congress. These priorities cover work on the Campaign for Making Democracy Work® (CMDW) and responding strategically on watchlist issues that fall outside of CMDW. Learn more about legislative priorities on the League Management Site.

State Advocacy Strategy on Abortion Rights and Access


In June 2022, the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning the constitutional right to abortion and leaving reproductive rights up to federal and state legislation. LWVUS has produced a state advocacy strategy to help state Leagues monitor the legislative landscape, outline opportunities to mitigate harm and increase protection, and share resources for this work. For an abbreviated look at the strategy, view our executive summary. Questions on this issue? Contact Rebecca Goldman at rgoldman@lwv.org.

"Plan Your Vote" VOTE411 Palm Cards


Help voters in your community make sure they have a voting plan! Our brand-compliant VOTE411 palm cards can be used at your League's events. The cards include a checklist voters can follow to make sure they have a voting plan. Download the cards on the League Management Site.

Explore League Preferences, Traditions, and Requirements


Anniversaries and birthdays create important opportunities to reflect on our history, relationships, and cultural identity as an organization. Join LWVUS organizing staff to explore the preferences, traditions, and requirements (PTR) of our organization and membership. Exploring these issues will help build more meaningful and effective interactions among us, help illuminate new opportunities and pathways forward, and identify potential barriers to participation. 

These introductory webinars are open to all League members. To accommodate schedules, we are offering multiple sessions over the next few weeks. Register for the sessions below here.

  • Saturday, Feb 18 | 11am ET 
  • Tuesday. Feb. 21 | 7pm ET 
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 | 7pm ET

Annual League Survey: State-Level Raw Data Files


Thank you to the Leagues who responded to our Annual League Survey! We heard from almost three-quarters of Leagues, and your impact over the past year has been tremendous! State presidents will soon receive raw data for the Leagues in their states, and state fact sheets will be available in the coming weeks. LWVUS will be hosting feedback sessions on national data in March.

Looking for Basic DEI Training for You or Your League?


LWVUS is committed to supporting Leagues as they implement the DEI policy and sharing resources to help League leaders succeed. The League Management Site has five DEI training modules that cover: “The Whys and What of DEI,” “Applying a DEI Lens to Our League Work,” “DEI Commitment and Goal Setting,” and “Understanding and Partnering with Your Community (2 parts).” Leagues can also find other DEI resources on the League Management Site.

LWV Business

Transformation Journey: Provide Input and Apply for Working Groups


We need your input on the next phase of our transformation journey!

We encourage Leagues to apply to a working group. These groups will generate feedback as we implement the Transformation Plan. Working groups will have up to 10 members, and meetings will occur virtually between March and April 2023. Applications for these working groups are now open until Friday, Feb. 24. Applications are open to state and local League leaders, as well as League members. Click the links below to learn more about each group and apply: 

For questions, please email transformation@lwv.org.

Maintaining Your League's Tax-Exempt Status


All Leagues that receive less than $50,000 in income must file an e-Postcard return (also known as Form 990N) every year, with only a few exceptions. The IRS will revoke the tax-exempt status of any League that doesn't file for three consecutive years. More info can be found on the League Management Site. If your League hasn’t filed the online form yet for the tax year ending June 30, 2022, please do so immediately. This search tool on the IRS website allows you to check on your League’s tax-exempt status and Form 990N (e-Postcard) filings. 

If you find that your League has not recently filed its Form 990N, please do so immediately. It should only take a few minutes to complete for most Leagues. If your League has inadvertently lost its tax-exempt status due to not filing Form 990N for three consecutive years, please work to remedy the situation as soon as you can. The IRS has a free webinar on the subject. You can also contact your state League or LWVUS at governance@lwv.org for help finding additional resources.

No Changes to State and Local League Bylaws Required After Convention 2022


LWVUS has received some questions about whether state and local Leagues need to update their bylaws since the LWVUS bylaws were amended at the Convention in June, particularly regarding the new unified membership system that will take effect at a future date. The short answer is “no.” With the provisos in the LWVUS bylaws, the changes adopted at Convention do not go into effect until the national board votes to put them into effect. (Per the provisos, the LWVUS board will set a date once the new membership system is in place and no sooner than 2024). Until then, the current LWVUS bylaws remain in force. 

Therefore, state and local Leagues do not make any changes to their bylaws until the national board notifies them of the effective date of the bylaws amendments that were passed with provisos. At that time, LWVUS will also provide state and local Leagues with guidance on how they should conform their bylaws to LWVUS’ bylaws. 

For questions about the bylaws process, contact governance@lwv.org. For updates on the new membership mechanics (in development) and transformation journey, please visit www.lwv.org/structure

Looking Ahead: Convention 2024


Planning is ongoing for Convention 2024, scheduled to take place in June in Washington, DC. More information will be posted starting the summer. As Leagues budget for next year, we can share that, as of now, Convention registration costs will be close to the 2022 registration costs, with a similar structure of a base cost and optional add-ons. If you have detailed questions, please contact Christina Davis at cdavis@lwv.org.


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