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Philanthropy, Democracy, and Racial Equity
With much at stake in this upcoming election, Philanthropy has an opportunity to make a difference for our democracy. The final results of the November 2020 election, Census 2020, and redistricting will influence where our energies are needed in the years ahead. This is not just a presidential election, but also a key opportunity for several statewide ballot initiatives on racial equity and social justice. This November, it is especially important we remedy our democracy and ensure everyone, especially BIPOC communities, can safely cast their votes. It is also critical everyone is counted in the Census to ensure California's proportionate federal representation and fair share of resources. As witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires, these resources are put to use saving lives throughout California.
But, the work does not stop there. California's redistricting process is reshaping voting blocks, determining how communities are represented within and outside our state borders. With the power of the redistricting process, comes the responsibility of ensuring the commission and voting blocks reflect the diversity of California. Philanthropy has an opportunity to take a long view even as we adjust to the immediate needs we face. Northern California Grantmakers invites you to join us in pursuing a better, more just California.
2020 Ballot: Equity and Social Justice Slate--Where to Act
- Proposition 15: Schools and Communities First 2. Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 Act 3. Proposition 17: Free the Vote Act
Philanthropy can make a difference to:
- Protect democracy by preserving essential public services;
- Support efforts to guarantee a full and accurate Census count;
- Ensure every eligible Californian votes;
- Diversify representation among redistricting delegates; and,
- Fund to win: plan for the long haul, and invest in partners who are breaking new ground for a stronger and more equitable California.
About NCG's Public Policy Work
Northern California Grantmakers members are grappling with complex issues in a diverse and rapidly-changing region. We recognize that policy is a powerful tool to advance significant and sustained change and improve outcomes. We believe we have a mandate to advocate for policy-based approaches to achieve shared goals.
NCG has appointed a Policy Committee (listed right) to advocate for smart, effective policies to advance shared impact goals. The committee will tap NCG staff, collaborators, and expert advisors to educate policy makers and thought leaders about the value of philanthropy, and catalyze engagement and collaboration between NCG members, public officials, foundations and community stakeholders to advance policy-based approaches to achieving the change we seek in the world.