Political Activities Policy

As a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Bradley University cannot intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. Violation of this prohibition could cause Bradley University to lose its tax-exempt status or incur excise taxes on political expenditures. To ensure that Bradley University does not jeopardize its tax-exempt status or incur excise taxes on political expenditures, Bradley University, including any individual acting on behalf of Bradley University, will not engage in any of the following on Bradley University’s property, during any Bradley University function, or otherwise using Bradley University’s resources or facilities:

  • Endorsing any candidate for public office
  • Donating or contributing to any candidate’s campaign
  • Participating or engaging in political fundraising events such as golf outings, dinners, etc.
  • Publishing or distributing statements for or against any candidate
  • Engaging in any other activity that favors or opposes any candidate

While there may not be any intent for political gain or support when attending or participating in political candidates’ events, the Internal Revenue Code strictly prohibits Bradley University or individuals acting on behalf of Bradley University to even give the impression of endorsing, supporting, or opposing any candidate or candidate’s campaign.The Internal Revenue Service has released a fact sheet to provide further information as well as examples on Political Activities. See fact sheet titled 

The Internal Revenue Service has released a fact sheet to provide further information as well as examples on Political Activities. See fact sheet titled Election Year Activities and the Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention for Section 501©(3) Organizations for more information.