Civic participation – the active engagement of people in the decision-making processes that shape their communities and their lives – is critical to a healthy society. In fact, we only realize the full promise of democracy when people participate; when all segments of a community have fair and equal access to institutions of government and meaningful opportunities to voice their opinions about important issues driving the public policy agenda.
The Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) is an innovative and thought-provoking network that shares an underlying conviction that all people deserve a voice in our democratic process. We serve leaders in the philanthropic community working to further this vision with heightened attention to issues of equity and historically disenfranchised and underrepresented communities. Our members support non-partisan efforts to engage voters, eliminate structural barriers to voting, advance reforms to improve government and electoral systems, and inspire public involvement in civic life.
FCCP provides funders with a community in which to build connections, a stage for showcasing innovations, a forum for strategic dialogue and collaboration, and a resource for civic participation research and tools. We work to build a more effective network of grantmakers who are passionate about realizing our collective vision of a vibrant and inclusive democracy for all.
FCCP has a particular focus on ensuring that traditionally marginalized communities have equal access to participation and decision-making in the democratic process. We value fairness and equal opportunity. We are inclusive and respect every member’s voice. FCCP models transparency and encourages a diversity of opinions. We base our work on sound research and encourage experimentation to prove impact.
FCCP is a Council on Foundations-recognized philanthropic affinity group with more than 70 institutional members and dozens of additional philanthropic colleagues that regularly participate in its programming. We welcome all grantmaking institutions that are interested in democratic change issues or civic engagement strategies and who have demonstrated through their grantmaking that their values align with our mission.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Aspen Institute
The Black Civic Engagement Fund
Brett Family Foundation
California Endowment California Donor Table
California Wellness Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Douglas H. Phelps Foundation
The Educational Foundation of America
Ford Foundation Foundation for Civic Leadership
Gaia Fund General Service Foundation
Georgia Alliance Education Fund Groundswell Fund
The Grove Foundation
Hull Family Foundation
Irving Harris Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Kansas Health Foundation
Kresge Foundation Leland Fikes Foundation
Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Nathan Cummings Foundation
National Education Association
New Community Fund
New Media Ventures
Northwest Health Foundation
Open Society Foundations
The Partnership Fund
Pew Charitable Trusts
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Family Fund
San Francisco Foundation
Summer Fund II
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Wallace Global Fund
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Washington Progress Fund
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Why Not Initiative
Women Donors Network
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
FCCP sprung from the visionary efforts of a small group of grantmakers that began gathering in the early 80s to discuss how to boost voting among America’s most disenfranchised communities. What began as the “Ad Hoc Funders’ Committee for Voter Registration and Education” soon crystallized into the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation when the organization was officially founded in 1983.
Since those early days, FCCP has served as a critical catalyst for philanthropy’s growing civic engagement community. Our network advanced effective voter registration efforts in the ‘80s; supported campaign finance reform in the ‘90s; and invested in new voting technologies and election-administration reforms in the 2000s, a time when it also popularized year-round “integrated voter engagement” as a winning strategy for building power and achieving policy impact. In the ‘10s FCCP mobilized funders around the census, redistricting and building state-based civic engagement infrastructure. Today, we serve a mature and diverse community of grantmakers committed to working more strategically together to address the systemic inequities that keep marginalized communities from having a lasting voice in our democracy.
Through our member-driven and field-informed programming, FCCP keeps its network of grantmakers educated, connected and equipped to make smart funding decisions. Always nonpartisan, our signature programs for grantmakers include an annual convening, monthly “First Monday” and other virtual discussions; working groups that focus on range of key issue topics; and member-only meetings. FCCP adapts its programming year-to-year to respond to the needs of its evolving network and the field, election cycles and trends in civic engagement.
Deputy Director + Program Directoraandersonreed@funderscommittee.orgAlexis leads FCCP’s efforts to deliver top-notch programming to help our members be more effective with their grantmaking. Her work superpower is “Empathy and Connection” – she wants to understand our members’ thoughts and feelings and create spaces to build a stronger community for our members. Read More…
Communications Directornchamplin@funderscommittee.orgNanci applies two decades of experience in public-interest advocacy to sharpening FCCP’s communications. She uses her “Polishing” superpower to continually refine FCCP’s practices, elevate the organization’s brand, and produce informative resources that help build the knowledge base of FCCP’s broad funder network. Read More…
Program Managerasinha@funderscommittee.orgAshish is responsible for the development and implementation of programming to help support the network’s continued work in civic engagement. Ashish’s superpower is "Tech Wizardry." If he could spend all day talking to you about nonprofit technology, he would, but we’ve managed to remind him he has other work to do. Read More…
Director, Money in Politics Working GroupAs a "Connector," Alex unites funders and organizations doing work in the field of democracy reform and creates spaces for grantmakers to learn, network, strategize and collaborate. At FCCP, she applies this super power to digging in on hard conversations while having fun at the same time. Read More…
Operations Coordinatoraperezpuelles@funderscommittee.orgAlex provides support to the whole FCCP team to ensure the efficiency of internal processes. She is a rapid learner who will not quit until she fully masters the task at hand. Her superpower is ‘Adaptability’ which helps keep ever-changing deadlines from phasing her and allows Alex to switch from budgets to event planning in a moment’s notice. Read More…
Employment + Internships
FCCP is seeking a responsible and motivated individual to join our small team in Austin, TX as the Program Assistant. The candidate will have an excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a non-profit, specifically related to FCCP’s programs and member activities. Learn more about this exciting opportunity. This position will remain open until filled.
Operations + Development Internship
FCCP is seeking a responsible and motivated individual to join our small team in Austin, TX as the Operations + Development Assistant. The chosen candidate will have an excellent opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a non-profit, specifically related to FCCP’s fundraising processes, donor cultivation activities and daily operations. Learn more about this exciting opportunity. This position will remain open until filled.