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Election Special: Funding Structural Reform and Voter Engagement

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Metta Fund
850 Battery Street, #100 | San Francisco, CA
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As we head into the final stretch of the 2016 presidential election, how can grantmakers boost participation in the political process through voter engagement? What is our role in restoring the core values of American democracy? Does having an accountable election system that serves the public interest matter to funders?

This year nearly $10 billion is likely to be spent on the U.S. presidential election by parties, candidates and interest groups, while foundations will spend an estimated $200 to $300 million to improve civic participation.

Join Bay Area Democracy Funders and Northern California Grantmakers on August 2nd for Election Special: Funding Structural Reform and Voter Engagement. Our three experts will discuss ways that grantmakers can help ordinary citizens participate in the political process as well as restore the core values of American democracy through an accountable election system that serves the public interest. 

Join Us To:

  • Focus on investing in the strength and political potential of the unmarried women, people of color and young people who make up the New American Majority
  • Discuss the key structural reforms that are improving voter engagement in California and other key states


Aimee Allison is Senior Vice President of Power Pac+, a political action committee formed in 2012 to build the political power of America’s multiracial majority. She is co-director of the Democracy in Color campaign and a political and communications strategist who served as a director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. She was a featured panelist at NCG’s annual conference in May.



Austin Belali is Director of the Youth Engagement Fund (YEF) at the Democracy Alliance. YEF works to engage young people in civic life through leveraged grantmaking. Before he began at YEF, Belali served SEIU Millennial Program Coordinator. Austin is also a community organizer and volunteer locally supporting economic development efforts in low-income and immigrant communities.


Kathay Feng is Executive Director of California Common Cause (CCC) and their national redistricting director. She has led California Common Cause in championing election and redistricting reforms, government sunshine and accountability laws, campaign finance reforms, media access and voting rights of traditionally disenfranchised communities. Kathay helped spearhead CCC's successful effort to create an independent citizens redistricting commission as well as passage of California laws bringing online voter registration and same day registration to the state.

Target Audience

This event is open to member and non-member funders who are affliated with the Bay Area Democracy Funders group.