The 10-year census is three years away, which is a huge opportunity. The data is used to allocate resources, political power and plan for the future. The success or failure of this important civic project will impact grantmaking and the communities that continue to be at risk.
Accurate census data are essential for the fair distribution of political representation at the national, state and local levels, and for the fair allocation of government resources. More than 500 billion federal and state dollars are distributed to communities based on census data. Yet historically, the census has missed disproportionate numbers of racial minorities, immigrants, children and the poor, leading to inequality in political power, government funding and private-sector investment for these communities.
Additionally, the process of ensuring accuracy is a prime organizing opportunity for communities. While the Census Bureau is responsible for collecting and managing data, community partners can help provide access to historically underrepresented communities.
Join Democracy Northwest, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation and Win/Win in this workshop where we will explore philanthropy’s role in ensuring accuracy, and using the process to empower communities and develop new leaders.
- Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 8
- Location: Philanthropy Northwest | 2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 650, Seattle, WA 98121. Video conferencing will also be available for this program and information will be provided upon registration.
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Eric Marshall, Executive Director, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
When Eric joined FCCP in 2015 he brought to the organization years of leadership within the civic engagement, election reform and voting rights fields. He directed election administration and voting rights efforts at State Voices where he regularly worked on the ground with over 20 statewide networks and led the National Elections Working Group. As Manager of Legal Mobilization at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Eric successfully led the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, comprised of over 100 civil rights, good government and community organizations in 22 states. He previously served as board chair for the Bus Federation Civic Fund and is currently a board member for the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation. When not at FCCP, Eric can be found playing with his children, Mia and Garrett, and talking incessantly about Boston sports.
Alissa Haslam, Executive Director, Win/Win
Alissa joined Win/Win as its new Executive Director in August 2015. She has an extensive history in community organizing, organizational development, leadership development, program management and coalition building. In her five years at Progress Alliance, and also in her previous position at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Alissa has been a close collaborator with Win/Win, working together on democracy reform, civic engagement, organizational development, and connecting Win/Win with new funding partners. She is passionate about collaboration, equity, developing leaders, and the broadest possible civic participation as the key to political change.
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