The Obama Foundation’s mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world. We support the expression and discussion of ideas and opinions and encourage people to be informed citizens and engage in their communities. The Obama Foundation is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding political activities, such as campaign activities and lobbying. While individuals in the Obama Foundation network, including program participants, have the right to express their political opinions and engage in political activities, it is very important that they do so only in their individual capacities and avoid even the appearance that they are speaking or acting for the Foundation. The Obama Foundation expressly disavows any partisan opinions or activities that are not made in accordance with these provisions: such opinions and activities are not authorized and may not be attributed to the Obama Foundation.