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Bolder Together 2: Lessons for Philanthropy from a California Initiative to Build Grassroots Movements for Change

Publication date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016

A new report has been released by California Civic Participation Funders, Bolder Together 2: Lessons for Philanthropy from a California Initiative to Build Grassroots Movements for Change. The report captures key takeaways gleaned through the initiative’s work with local organizations in four large counties that are undergoing dramatic demographic shifts: San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

People of color already make up the majority of California’s 39 million residents. Yet, voting rates among communities of color remain low, which means their interests as well as that of their families are not reflected in local and state policymaking. That’s why the 10 foundations that comprise California Civic Participation Funders are working together to increase civic participation among these historically underrepresented communities. Representing a diverse range of issue and mission interests, the group of 10 foundations came together based on the shared belief that democracy is stronger when more people are engaged and voting, and when families and communities have a voice and can advocate more powerfully for themselves.

Five years into this partnership, the initiative is seeing real and tangible results in its efforts to help local organizations translate changing demographics into a changing electorate. Through small and large victories, nonprofits in the four counties supported by California Civic Participation Funders are demonstrating the power of mobilizing communities of color as a force for positive social change.

As states around the country prepare for similar demographic shifts that already have transformed California, California Civic Participation Funders’ unique model and approach hold valuable lessons on how philanthropy can work with local communities to build movements and win.

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