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January 2017

FCI Presents: Celinda Lake on Census Public Opinion Research

  • Online
  • Virtual Discussion

Get up to speed on recent public opinion research on the Census with Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners. This briefing will provide you guidance on best practices for talking about the Census and the American Community Survey (ACS), which messages work best for different demographic groups, and other data on the Census and ACS. REGISTER NOW


Emergent Strategies: “Alt-Right” 101

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  • Virtual Discussion

Join your colleagues for a donor briefing on the racist and misogynistic movement known as the “Alt-Right,” which is poised to enter into the highest levels of power under the Trump Administration.


Ethics, Conflicts + Accountability in the White House

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  • Virtual Discussion

Things are happening fast with the transition to a new Administration and this call will bring you up to speed on all of the moving parts as it relates to ethics and accountability.


February 2017

Democracy in the Era of Trump: How Grantmakers Should Adapt

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  • First Monday Discussion

With the potential of accelerating and emerging threats to our democracy, we must reflect on how our roles and practices may need to shift in order to adapt to the shifting political landscape.


Census 2020- Making Philanthropy Count

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  • Virtual Discussion

Join us to learn why philanthropy should care about the census and how the success or failure of this important civic project will impact grantmaking and at-risk communities.


March 2017



April 2017

APRIL FIRST MONDAY DISCUSSION: Investing in Rural Strategies to Revitalize Democracy

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  • First Monday Discussion

Learn about new research from the Groundswell Fund which studied integrated voter engagement strategies in rural areas. We'll discuss what effective rural engagement may look like, how philanthropy can provide the space for grantees to succeed in this challenging environment, and hear from colleagues around their perspectives on engaging rural voters.


June 2017

JUNE FIRST MONDAY DISCUSSION: The Third Branch – Why Courts Matter + What Philanthropy Can Do

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  • First Monday Discussion

This discussion will examine why the courts matter to all the substantive issues we care about, and offers new thinking about how to engage the public as third branch defenders. Speakers will discuss how foundations can support work that affirms the courts as an independent check on power, and as an important bulwark against anti-democratic forces.



Strengthening the Youth Sector: Lessons for Funders, Leaders + Boards

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  • Briefing

Join us for a presentation on the Youth Engagement Fund's new report, Strengthening the Youth Sector: Lessons for Funders, Leaders, and Boards. This report was produced with input from over 40 executive directors, staff and board members leading youth-oriented civic engagement organizations to help us better understand how we can better support the development and retention of excellent leaders in this sector of work.


July 2017

July (Second) Monday Discussion: Countering State Preemption + Protecting the Power of Local Government

  • Online
  • First Monday Discussion

Since the 2010 midterm elections, state lawmakers have become more aggressive in their use of preemption to stop local lawmaking across a broad and expanding range of issues. The sheer number, significant reach, and punitive nature of these preemption laws have overwhelmed local officials and advocates, and sapped the problem-solving power of local governments critical to our representative democracy. This webinar will explore the landscape of state preemption, share newly developed legal theories and strategies for pushing back, and learn about organizing and communications tactics that have been used in specific states protect the power of local democracy.


Expanding Voting Rights in Washington State

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  • Webinar

You're invited to join a 501(c)(3) funder briefing on the opportunity to expand voting rights in Washington State. Come hear directly from members of the Washington Voting Justice Coalition about building a winning coalition led by people of color; current polling and research; policy design and the political landscape; and why "how" we win in Washington matters for the fight nationally.



August 2017

Philanthropy for Democracy: Exploring Foundation Support for U.S. Democracy

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  • Briefing

In light of shrinking government budgets, an increase in extreme wealth, and stories raising the alarm about threats to American democracy, how are foundations engaging with U.S. democracy? The simple answer is: in many ways! Join the Foundation Center for an online tour of the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy data visualization platform that captures the range of democracy-related activities that foundations have supported from 2011 to present.


Two Sides of the Same Coin: Public-Private Partnerships + Money in Politics

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  • Virtual Discussion

For decades, there’s been a push to insinuate special interests deeper into the fabric of our political process. Private wealth floods our elections while global corporations and financial institutions push to profit from our most essential public services like water. In this current moment, how do we harness our collective grassroots power to overcome this rigged system and its corrosive influence on our democracy?


September 2017

The Pence-Kobach Commission’s Potential Impact on Voting Rights

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  • First Monday Discussion

Join us for a timely and important funder discussion about President Trump's Pence-Kobach Commission and the threat it poses to voting rights in America. We'll explore the scope and potential impact of the commission, how has the field been responding and what philanthropy do to support them.




December 2017

December First Monday + Election Series Discussion

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  • First Monday Discussion

Join us for the December First Monday + Election Series Discussion where we will be debriefing from the 2017 Elections to hear from key leaders around what happened, who showed up, and what lessons can be learned to inform our work as we move into 2018. Register Here Cosponsors: United Philanthropy Forum, Women Donors Network, Health & Environmental Funders Network, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Philanthropy New York, Neighborhood Funders Group, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers Income Security…


January 2018

The Supreme Court + Redistricting: Updates from the Frontlines of Litigation on Partisan Gerrymandering

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  • Virtual Discussion

Litigation against partisan gerrymandering around the country continues to make it way through the Judicial Branch to provide opportunities to both redraw unjust district maps and to fundamentally challenge how redistricting works in the United States. As we approach another pivotal redistricting period after the 2020 Census, join us for a discussion with experts and litigators who are helping to lead this fight in the courts as well as other funder colleagues. On this call, presenters will discuss: The current…


February 2018

First Monday + Election Series Discussion: Pathways to Effective State Funding Strategies

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  • Virtual Discussion, First Monday Discussion

Join us for our February First Monday + Election Series Discussion where we will share insights and data points uncovered from our first State Funding Survey.  We’ll also drill down and look at one state as a case study to understand how coordinating bodies, intermediaries, national and in-state funders are all operating from the lens of that one state. In this conversation, you will hear key highlights of the state funding landscape, how funders are approaching longer-term power-building investments in…


October 2018

Supporting Infrastructure for a Just Florence Recovery

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  • Cosponsored Briefing

Supporting Infrastructure for a Just Florence Recovery Monday, October 22nd | 1-2 PM ET | 12-1 PM CT | 11-12 PM MT | 10 - 11 AM PT Register Now!   A month after Hurricane Florence’s landfall, people in Eastern North Carolina who were still recovering from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 (particularly black, brown, and low-income communities) are now even more uncertain about their short- and long-term futures. Corporate actors who made Florence’s flood waters toxic refuse to move industrial waste sites…


An Urgent Threat to Freedom of Assembly in Washington DC

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  • Cosponsored Briefing

An Urgent Threat to Freedom of Assembly in Washington DC Tuesday, October 23rd | 12 - 1 PM ET | 9 - 10 AM PT Register Now! Newly proposed National Park Service regulations governing protest on federal lands in Washington DC would drastically curtail freedom of assembly in the nation’s capital. From closing down protest in front of the White House, to charging exorbitant amounts for permits, to making the process to obtain permits significantly longer and more difficult, this…


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