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.

About Us

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 the democratic process. We serve leaders in the philanthropic community working to further this vision with heightened attention to sociopolitical inequity and the systemic disenfranchisement of underrepresented communities. FCCP values transparency, encourages a diversity of opinion, bases our work on sound research, and encourages experimentation to improve impact. 

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. From advancing voter registration efforts in the 1980s, to supporting campaign finance reform in the 1990s, to investing in new voting technologies and election administration reform in the 2000s, FCCP has served as a catalyst for philanthropy’s growing civic engagement community.  Today, we work to build an effective network of grantmakers who are passionate about realizing our collective vision of a vibrant and inclusive democracy for all.

Through member-driven and field-informed programming, FCCP provides funders with a community in which to build connections, exchange ideas, showcase innovations, and collaborate to make smart funding decisions. Our members support non-partisan efforts to engage voters, eliminate structural barriers to voting, advance reforms to improve government and electoral systems, and increase public involvement in civic life. Our signature programs for grantmakers include an annual convening, regular virtual discussions, working groups that focus on a range of key issue topics, and member-only meetings.

Theory of Impact

In February 2017, FCCP staff and Advisory Board came together to ask a critical question: how can FCCP be what the field needs at this moment? This prompt, which continued a common thread from previous strategic planning retreats, highlighted the need to both continue to provide high-quality educational content and outreach as well as move towards a more impact-oriented network strategy. After years of working from an implied theory, the organization went through an extensive process with the membership to develop an explicit and transparent theory of impact. 

Now, as we develop our programming and structure our membership activity, we are guided by our theory and the vision: FCCP seeks a society where impacted communities have the POWER to make a difference on issues that affect their lives, a CULTURE OF PARTICIPATION that inspires their engagement, and an OPEN + EQUITABLE DEMOCRACY which offers meaningful opportunities to exercise their voice.

Learn more about our Theory of Impact here.

Member Organizations

FCCP is a Council on Foundations-recognized philanthropic affinity group with nearly 90 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.



LaShanda Jackson

Executive Director
LaShanda Jackson is a social justice activist, defender of democracy, and advocate for racial equity whose career in philanthropy and organizing spans nearly two decades. Read More…
Lois Greer

Lois Greer

Special Assistant to the Executive Director
Lois Greer (she/her) serves as FCCP’s Special Assistant to the Executive Director. Read More…

Elizabeth Shapiro

Membership and Development Director
Elizabeth Shapiro (she/her) is FCCP’s Membership and Development Director. She leads FCCP’s donor cultivation activities and develop member-engagement programs to deepen support for FCCP’s work and civic engagement grantmaking. Read More…

Jocelyn Bissonnette

Special Projects Director
Jocelyn Bissonnette (she/her) is the Special Projects Director at FCCP, where she leads the organization’s Funders Census Initiative (FCI) and redistricting program. Read More…

Maya Graham

Program Manager
Maya Graham (she/her) serves as Program Manager at FCCP. Previously, she served as principal at her consultancy centered around social impact and organizational growth strategies, with a special emphasis on democratic development. Read More…



The Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) seeks a Deputy Executive Director to join our team. The Deputy Executive Director will advance the FCCP and our C4 sister organization, Funders’ Committee Action Fund (FCAF), civic participation and power agenda through a racial justice and equity lens. The Deputy Executive Director is responsible for overseeing programs, communications and operations. The Deputy Executive Director will also work closely with the Executive Director to cultivate and steward relationships with the Advisory Board, members, funders and other key or prospective stakeholders. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, who is responsible for the overall leadership and oversight of FCCP and FCAF.

For more information, please view the full position description here.


FCCP is looking for a detail oriented, self-motivated, and highly collaborative Program Coordinator with a strong understanding of the importance of a healthy, reflective democracy and robust, racially just civic engagement strategies that build the intersectional power of communities of color. The Program Coordinator will work directly with the program staff and across the organization to ensure the success of our regular civic participation discussions, programmatic series, and other webinars and events; lead programmatic coordination for aspects of FCCP’s annual convening; and provide support to the network’s other programs.

For more information, please view the full position description here.


FCCP is looking for a seasoned, detail-oriented and self-motivated Operations Specialist willing to strengthen and support FCCP’s operations, administration and communications.

Operations is at the heart of our organization. In this role, you will play an integral part in identifying and marshalling the resources necessary to meet our mission. Your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, improving, developing and managing FCCP’s infrastructure—to include analyzing effectiveness, streamlining, coordinating and managing organizational operations, office administration, digital communications and marketing, and events.

For more information, please view the full position description here.

Advisory Board

Estevan Muñoz-Howard

Marguerite Casey Foundation
Estevan Muñoz-Howard is the Director of Program Strategy at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which supports leaders, scholars and initiatives focused on building power for communities that have been excluded from shaping how society works and from sharing in its rewards and freedoms. Read More…

Denise Cardinal

WIN Minnesota
Denise Cardinal is Executive Director of WIN Minnesota and held several positions with progressive candidates, causes and campaigns including Senator Al Franken (D-MN) in his 2014 re-election and the successful 2010 IE effort credited with DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s victory. Read More…

Scott Nielsen

Arabella Advisors
Scott Nielsen joined Arabella Advisors in 2015 as the firm’s first managing director of advocacy, bringing decades of experience designing, executing, and evaluating strategies for achieving policy reform and social change. Read More…