Our Strategy

Civic participation

We support strategic litigation and legal advocacy to eliminate voter suppression and safeguard the right to vote. This includes exploring work on primaries, where there is more opportunity for engagement earlier in the election cycle. And we support efforts to make sure the 2020 census is fair and accurate. We support groups and networks as they develop strategies to make policy more responsive, to enable people to determine public agendas and priorities, and to reclaim and rebuild trust in government. This includes building strategic leadership and coalitions at the state and national levels that can help people—particularly those who historically have not had a seat at the table—engage with government and make it more responsive.

Anticipated Outcomes

Protect voting rights

The right to vote is protected at the federal and state level.

Strengthen the census

There is progress toward a fairer, more accurate census—one that is adequately funded and guided by sound policies, especially as it moves online.

Organizational capacity and effectiveness

Organizations at the state and national level develop their ability to analyze, think and work together strategically; influence and set agendas collectively; and make sure that all people—especially those who have historically been excluded—have a role in decision making.

Research and narrative

A body of empirical research on voter motivation and civic engagement (including primaries) informs philanthropic practice and the field of civic engagement—and begins to create a strong narrative about people’s ability to influence government and set agendas.

Next-generation leadership

We support strong, youth-led social justice organizations and movements—with an emphasis on developing leadership among youth who have been disadvantaged or excluded. We focus on helping young people have influence on pressing issues of injustice and inequality in their own communities, and do so in ways that build their skills and capacity for a lifetime of leadership. We aim to foster civic engagement that translates into political influence and shapes social justice agendas—and ultimately, contributes to a more equitable, representative, and just society.

Anticipated Outcomes

Resources and tools

Young people have the tools, resources, and networks they need to advocate for reforms that improve the lives of all young people—especially youth of color, immigrant youth, young women and girls, disabled youth, and LGBT youth.

Transformative solutions

By centering their work on the experiences of young leaders who are most impacted by inequality, social justice organizations and networks are able to advance and reflect more responsive, transformative solutions for all youth.

Leadership development

More young people have opportunities to develop their leadership, and to see that their experiences and participation have value—producing a new generation of young leaders committed to advancing justice.