Philanthropy's Role in Strengthening Democracy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT
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Low voter participation levels, especially in the communities most served by nonprofits, impacts the health of our democracy, the effectiveness of grantees, and the ability of foundations to fulfill their missions.

Co-sponsored by Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, and Nonprofit VOTE, the July 11th webinar will focus on jointly developed toolkits – one for community foundations and one for private foundations – that explore the ways foundations can and have encouraged their grantees to become more fully engaged in the communities they serve through nonpartisan voter and civic engagement.

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Foundations help shape the culture of the nonprofit sector broadly. The language used in grant letters and RFPs, the types of trainings foundations promote to their grantees, direct grantmaking, and more can have profound effects on whether nonprofits engage the populations they serve in voting.

This webinar will feature a review of the recently-released foundation toolkits presented by Nonprofit VOTE, along with guest speakers from The Fund for New Jersey and the Kansas Health Foundation to illuminate how they, as private and community foundations respectively, connected voter engagement with their missions and created space for their grantees to conduct voter outreach initiatives. 

We would like to thank CF Leads, Exponent Philanthropy, Funder’s Committee for Civic Participation, PACE: Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, The Philanthropy Roundtable, and United Philanthropy Forum for their encouragement and review of this toolkit. 

* Copies of webinar materials, including a video link, will be sent to everyone who registers through this page.

NOTE: This webinar is intended for funders of philanthropy serving organizations only.

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