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Building Power for a Healthy Democracy: Lessons for California Grantmakers

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105
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This 90-minute session will be followed by an on-site reception.

The cracks in the foundation of our democracy are becoming increasingly exposed – toxic partisanship, low voter turnout, a flood of special-interest money, the erosion of voting rights, gerrymandering, and a U.S. Census process that is at a crisis point. Against this national backdrop, California is on the cusp of change, with the confluence of electoral reforms and a shift in the state’s political leadership. At the same time, we are witnessing inspiring levels of engagement and protest – from Occupy Wall Street, to the Fight for Fifteen, to Black Lives Matter and the resistance – young and diverse Americans are activating in new and impactful ways.

This all leads to important questions for the grantmaking community:

  • What are the capacities, strategies and tactics that organizations and networks need to foster greater civic participation, create an open and equitable democracy, and build true power in marginalized communities?

  • Who is doing innovative work? What lessons can guide our future efforts?

  • What do grantmakers need to know and how can they connect?

Please join the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), Northern California Grantmakers, New Media Ventures, Tides, Bay Area Justice Funders Network, The Advocacy Fund, Bay Area Democracy Funders, California Donor Table Fund and The James Irvine Foundation for an educational and thought-provoking discussion that digs into these questions and more. We’ll cover the current landscape and national trends in civic engagement as we drill down into what’s happening in the Bay Area with four dynamic leaders of color.

Please stick around afterwards for an informal reception to learn more about FCCP and our other hosts.


  • Aparna Shah, Executive Director, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote 

  • Kimi Lee, Director, Bay Rising

  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley 

  • Timmy Lu, State Organizing Director, AAPIs for Civic Empowerment 


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