Prohibited Activities

Prohibited Activities: 45 CFR§§ 2520.65.
While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities associated with the AmeriCorps program or the Corporation for National and Community Service, members and volunteers recruited by members may not engage in the following activities: 

  1. Attempting to influence legislation.
  2. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.  
  3. Assisting, promoting or deterring union organizing.
  4. Impairing existing service agreements for services or collective bargaining agreements.
  5. Engaging in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.
  6. Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.
  7. Engaging in religious instruction; conducting worship services; providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship; constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship; maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship; or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
  8. Providing a direct benefit to:
    1. a business organized for profit;
    2. A labor union;
    3. A partisan political organization; or
    4. A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from participating in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
    5. An organization engaged in the religious activities described above in prohibited activity 7, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support the religious activities.
  9. Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
  10. Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services;  
  11. Other such activities as CNCS/ICVS may prohibit. AmeriCorps members may not engage in the above activities; directly or indirectly by recruiting, training or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above.
Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, using non-CNCS funds.  Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.

45 CFR§§ 2520.40 AmeriCorps members may raise resources directly in support of pre-approved, program-appropriate service activities. Examples of fundraising activities AmeriCorps members may perform include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Seeking donations of books from companies and individuals for a program in which volunteers teach children to read;
  • Writing a grant proposal to a foundation to secure resources to support the training of volunteers;
  • Securing supplies and equipment from the community to enable volunteers to help build houses for low- income individuals;
  • Securing financial resources from the community to assist in launching or expanding a program that provides social services to the members of the community and is delivered, in whole or in part, through the members of a community-based organization;
  • Seeking donations from alumni of the program for specific service projects being performed by current members.
AmeriCorps members may not:
  1. Raise funds for their living allowance; raise funds for an organization’s operating expenses or endowment;
  2. Write a grant application for funding provided by a federal agency including Corporation for National Community Service grant proposals and AmeriCorps grants.
45 CFR§§ 2520.45 An AmeriCorps member may spend no more than ten percent of their originally agreed-upon term of service, as reflected in the member enrollment in the National Service Trust, performing fundraising activities. The program must ensure that it does not exceed the limitation on member service hours spent in education and training set forth in 45 CFR§§ 2520.50.