2016 Election Series Webinars

GIST has joined together with the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation and other affinity group partners to co-sponsor a series of webinars on the 2016 elections.

Please email asinha@funderscommittee.org to access the webinar recording links.

September 12, 2016
Roll up Your Sleeves: Rapid Response Needs for the 2016 Elections
Election Day 2016 is just weeks away! This funders-only discussion shared intelligence on timely, nonpartisan opportunities for philanthropy to help ensure full and fair participation in the democratic process. Funder colleagues discussed critical gaps as well as exciting opportunities for rapid response funding to be effectively deployed in these final two months.

This discussion was moderated by Allison Barlow of the Wallace Global Fund.

Cosponsored by the Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce and the Women Donors Network

August 1, 2016
Determining Destiny: Long-term Opportunities to Empower the Latino Electorate
This forward-looking webinar explored long-term strategies for supporting a vibrant Latino electorate and advancing policy change on the issues they care most about.

Speakers

  • Evan Bacalao, Open Society Foundations (Moderator)

  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla, UC Berkeley

  • Sindy Benavides, League of United Latin American Citizens

  • Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter, Democracy North Carolina

Co-sponsored by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST), and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP).

June 27, 2016
Combating Polarizing Narratives: Proactive Strategies from Anti-Islamophobia Advocates
In an election-year which continues to give voice to racist, xenophobic and divisive attitudes towards vulnerable communities, this webinar offered an opportunity to discuss the role that philanthropy can play in supporting proactive strategies to combat these polarizing narratives. Grounded in the experience of advocates working to counter Islamophobia, panelists explored how this community has faced the headwinds caused by terrorism, the global refugee crisis and political candidate rhetoric. Panelists shared some of the latest research, messaging guidance and organizing which is helping to guide national strategies and glean lessons these campaigns learned that can be applied to supporting other communities of interest. 

Speakers:

  • Shireen Zaman, Security & Rights Collaborative (Moderator)
  • Lynn Fahselt, ReThink Media
  • Asha Noor, National Network for Arab American Community
  • Meira Neggaz, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Co-sponsored by the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR), the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST), the Women Donors Network (WDN)

April 4, 2016
Ballot Initiatives Making a Mark on Your Grantee's Cause
From clean elections and election reform to marriage equality, environmental protections and the fight for a better minimum wage, ballot measure campaigns can be an effective and proactive tool that your grantees can use to advance public discourse and policy change around their issues. This webinar provided an in-depth conversation with the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center about the valuable role that 501(c)(3) foundations can play in contributing to the success of these campaigns. Key discussion topics included key 2016 campaigns and what to watch for 2018; how and when 501(c)(3) funding best supports ballot initiatives; and resources that you can tap to learn more and stay up to date.

Speakers:

  • Roxanne Stachowski, Rockefeller Family Fund (Moderator)
  • Justine Sarver, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

Cosponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group, and the Women Donors Network

February 1, 2016
Creating a Representative Electorate Through Nonpartisan Voter Registration

To make real changes in our democracy and the issues we care about, we must take nonpartisan steps to close the participation gap between underrepresented communities and the voting age population as a whole. Registering voters is an initial and necessary step to increasing the representation of these communities in the voting booth and in policymaking. This webinar provided an in-depth look at the analysis of the gaps, needs, and opportunities for nonpartisan voter registration in 2016. This included the debut of brand-new data and insights from the most recent Independent Voter Registration Report as well as a review of other research and experimentation that continues to improve how nonprofits approach this work.

Speakers:

  • Ilona Prucha, Wellspring Advisors (Moderator)
  • Andy Bechhoefer, Grassroots Solutions
  • Tate Hausman, Analyst Institute

Co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group and Women Donors Network. 

January 11, 2016
The 2016 Elections and Nonpartisan Grantmaking

We are entering an election year which, in several ways, is exposing deep fault lines in our country. This webinar discussed the public discourse surrounding the 2016 elections, and explored how the 2016 elections can impact our collective work. Speakers share insights about the national, state, and local elections that they are tracking and reviewed the judicial and legislative attacks on voting and worker rights.

Speakers:

  • Allison Barlow, Wallace Global Fund (Moderator)
  • Gene Karpinsky, league of Conservation Voters
  • Tova Wang, Communications Workers Association

Co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group and Women Donors Network

December 7, 2016
Navigating Effective Nonpartisan Election-year Grantmaking
Properly understood, IRS rules allow foundations —both private and public— to legally support almost every type of advocacy. Foundations have a great deal of flexibility in election-year grantmaking but it is important to know what is legal, effective and doable within your institution. This webinar explored what effective nonpartisan election-year grantmaking can look like, provided information on the dos and don’ts of funding election-related activities, and provided an opportunity to hear from colleagues about some of the strategies they are implementing as they approach the upcoming election year.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Knight, Open Society Foundations (Moderator)
  • Douglas Varley, Caplin & Drysdale
  • Isaiah Castilla, Alliance for Justice

Co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Neighborhood Funders Group and Women Donors Network