2018 Election Series Webinars

Starting in October 2017 and running through 2018, GIST has joined together with the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation and other affinity group partners to co-sponsor a series of webinars to help funders unpack the key issues at play in the midterm elections. This series will provide a space for peer discussion around funding priorities, and it will connect grantmakers across a wide range of issue and strategic focuses.

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

2018 Election Series: Pathways to Effective State Funding Strategies
Monday, February 5th, 3-4 ET | 2-3 CT | 1-2 MT | 12-1 PT

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 states, and what pathways can be created to more effectively align grantmakers to support the field.

2018 Election Series: 5 Legal Rules Every Foundation Should Know for the 2018 Elections
Monday, January 8th 3-4pm ET

Whether a seasoned advocate or at a foundation determined to step into the civic engagement realm for the first time, start the new year with a refresher on the breadth of activities foundations can legally engage in and fund while remaining nonpartisan leading up to the 2018 election. 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. Let’s be sure we are using all of the tools in our toolbox to be what the field needs and as impactful as possible.

Funders will learn about:

  • What the term “nonpartisan” really means

  • The broad range of advocacy private foundations and public foundations can engage in and fund their grantees to do

  • Steps to ensure any individual partisan political activity isn’t attributed to your nonpartisan organization

  • Best practices for foundations funding grantees to engage in advocacy during an election-year

Moderated by Kristen Harris-Talley, Progress Alliance of Washington [bio]


  • Jann Jackson, Senior Associate of Policy Reform and Advocacy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation [bio]
  • Shyaam Subramanian, Alliance for Justice [bio]

2018 Election Series: Voting Trends + Building Power in the AAPI Community
Monday, November 6th | 3 - 4 PM ET | 2 -3 PM CT | 1 - 2 PM MT | 12 - 1 PM PT

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community will enter 2018 with significant growth in their engagement in elections as the fastest growing population in the country, continuing a strong trend in increased turnout, and a record of seventeen AAPI Members of Congress now serving in office. Despite this growth, participation by communities of color in midterm elections have remained disproportionately low in past cycles and, with a political climate fueled by hate and xenophobia, the need for targeted and robust strategies to engage AAPI communities continues to be a priority. Join us for a discussion with FCCP and our Election Series Partners where you will hear:

  • How recent data from the 2016 elections provides new insights into trends in turnout and voter registration within the AAPI community.
  • What tactics are being employed by leaders in the field around effective engagement within the diverse AAPI community.
  • What key questions and considerations funders should be considering when looking at election-cycle grantmaking that can promote increased engagement in the 2018 elections as well as supporting longer-term power-building strategies.
  • Questions and ideas that other funders are grappling with from their grantmaking to support the AAPI community.

Moderated by EunSook Lee, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund [bio]


  • Christina Coloroso, Catalist [bio]
  • Stephanie Cho, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta [bio]
  • Taeku Lee, University of California, Berkeley [bio]

2018 Election Series: The 2018 Elections and Nonpartisan Grantmaking
Monday, October 2nd | 3 - 4 PM ET | 2 -3 PM CT | 1 - 2 PM MT | 12 - 1 PM PT

Join us and our affinity group partners for a discussion around the political and funding landscape which funders can expect to see in the 2018 Elections. We will have an opportunity to hear from key leaders around their thinking on the demographic, voting, and funding trends that will shape our work in 2018 as well as ideas on how funders can best structure their investments to maximize their impact in an election-year. As part of this discussion, you will receive:

  • A mapping overview of the 2018 Elections highlighting key races which may impact spending in different states.
  • Insights into who turns out for Midterm Elections historically and demographic data relevant to understanding the make-up of the voting age population in 2018.
  • Perspectives on election-year best practices for Philanthropy to consider when identifying grantmaking strategies which will be supportive of grantees being successful in 2018 and in building power + capacity for the long-term.
  • Information on what the funding landscape may look like in 2018 and how that may impact your own strategies. 

Moderated by Daaiyah Bilal-Threats, National Education Association


  • Anne Johnson, Grassroots Solutions
  • Tram Nguyen, Virginia New Majority
  • Brandon Davis, GPS Impact