About FCCP

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 FCCP

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 1982. 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.

Join or Renew

A New Hope Consulting Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund
AAPI Civic Engagement Fund Piece by Piece Strategies
Access Strategies Fund Piper Fund, a Proteus Fund initiative
Alliance for Youth Organizing Prentice Foundation
AL Advising Progress Alliance of Washington
Amalgamated Foundation Progressive Multiplier Fund
AFSCME Raikes Foundation
Arabella Advisors Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Arca Foundation Rockefeller Family Fund
Arkay Foundation Rural Democracy Initiative
Butler Family Fund San Francisco Foundation
California Donor Table Fund Seattle Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York Seeding Justice
Chambers Initiative Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Colorado Health Foundation Solidago Foundation
Cypress Fund State Infrastructure Fund
Democracy Alliance Stoneman Family Foundations
Democracy Fund Summer Fund II
Denise Whinnen Surdna Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation Susan Sandler Fund
Fetzer Institute Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
Ford Foundation The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Foundation for Civic Leadership The California Endowment
Four Freedoms Fund The California Wellness Foundation
Futures Unbound The Collins Foundation
Gaby Goldstein The Educational Foundation of America
Gaia Fund The Fund for New Jersey
Gina Gallo The George Gund Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation The Grove Foundation
Groundswell Fund The Healing Trust
Guy Cammilleri The Hyams Foundation
Heising-Simons Foundation The James Irvine Foundation
Houston Endowment The Joyce Foundation
Hull Family Foundation The JPB Foundation
Inatai Foundation The Kresge Foundation
Irving Harris Foundation The Moriah Fund
Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation The New York Women’s Foundation
Katz-Amsterdam Foundation The Overbrook Foundation
Kerrie Blevins Consulting The Partnership Funds
Kornfeld Foundation The Sapelo Foundation
Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund The Scherman Foundation
Long Island Community Foundation Thornburg Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation Tides Advocacy
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Trusted Elections Fund
McKnight Foundation Unbound Philanthropy
Merle Chambers Fund Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Mertz Gilmore Foundation Ventus Charitable Foundation
Meyer Foundation Vitalyst Health Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust Voqal
Michigan Civic Education Fund Wallace Global Fund
Michigan Donor Alliance Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
More Equitable Democracy WhyNot Initiative
Movement Voter Project William Penn Foundation
National Education Association WIN Minnesota
Needmor Fund Woodbury Fund
NEO Philanthropy Youth Engagement Fund
Norman Foundation Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Northwest Health Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Panta Rhea Foundation
Pennsylvania Alliance Foundation



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LaShanda A. Jackson, MBA

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…

Anita Banerji

Senior Director of Strategy & External Relations
Anita brings an incredible wealth of experience and passion to our team. Read More…

April N. Harley

Senior Director of Member & Foundation Relations
April N. Harley is the Senior Director of Member and Foundation Relations at the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP). Read More…
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Jenna Patel

Manager of Programs & Communications
Jenna Patel is extremely excited to be a part of an organization that centers their work around building an equitable democracy and achieving intersectional racial justice. Read More…

FCCP Advisory Board

Evan Bacalao

Amalgamated Foundation
Evan Bacalao previously served as a program officer with the Open Society Foundations, where he managed a range of civic participation and advocacy initiatives focused on the resilience and representativeness of U.S. Read More…

Denise Cardinal

WIN Minnesota
Denise Cardinal is the Executive Director of WIN Minnesota, a state-based donor collaborative that has been operating in the North Star for over a decade. Read More…
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Julie Fernandes

Rockefeller Family Fund
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Family Fund, Julie served as Advocacy Director for Voting Rights and Democracy at the Open Society Foundations, as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in the Obama administration, and as Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President Bill Clinton. Read More…
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Keely Monroe

Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
Keely Monroe (she/her) serves as Program Officer on the U.S. Programs Team at the Susan T. Read More…
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Ted Wang

Unbound Philanthropy
Ted Wang is the US Program Director at Unbound Philanthropy, a private foundation that seeks to contribute to a vibrant, welcoming society and an immigration system rooted in justice. Read More…
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Trevor Ostbye

Cities Forward
Trevor Ostbye is the Executive Director of Cities Forward. He leads efforts to support local government in prioritizing public outreach and civic engagement. Read More…