League of Women Voters of California Education Fund

Rating: 4.85 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights

Location: 1107 Ninth Street Suite 300 Sacramento CA 95814 USA

Mission: The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund provides the public with information and educational services on elections and on current public policy issues. The League is known for its ability to make complex and controversial issues accessible in a balanced, evenhanded way. The League is an experienced trainer of community leaders and activists. A major focus of the League''s educational work is on voting and elections. The Leagues in communities throughout the state provide voters with factual, nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot issues, through voter guides, Web-based information, forums, town meetings and debates with a number of community, government and business partners.
Programs: We convene a number of forums, where each speaker has an equal opportunity to address the public and to answer their questions. These forums are about elected offices, ballot measures, legislation, social policy, and other community concerns. We produce education tools and training programs to encourage civic participation in these issues. Current priority issues include redistricting implementation and government reform; we also have information on health care, education, the state budget, climate change, water, transportation, and other issues.
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1 person found this review helpful

I give many hours of my time to Smart Voter, LWVC's comprehensive voter education website. I tell people, there are lots of voter ed sites on the web but Smart Voter is the only one that gives you local information. This nonprofit deserves your support.

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Give your focus to Smart Voter. I believe it's the future of League.

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The League of Women Voters of California is an organization with a stellar reputation and
esteemed history. This is a non-profit organization where I donate my time and money gladly because
the League provides what no other resource can provide; non partisan, free, multilingual resources to help people understand all about elections and voting.

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Life-changing

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Who invited me to join? or did I join on my own ? It doesn't matter because bottom line, being a member of the League of Women Voters California has enriched my personal and professional life for more than 20 years. There are MEN and women in this volunteer organization who share their skills and time in service of one goal: improving our democracy by engaging more people to become informed and active citizens. The League is unparalleled in its non partisan reputation and also a great place to volunteer or to join as a member, if you want to see real impact on what's important for our future. You don't have to be an expert, the League is a welcoming place for all.

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2013

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I've always used Smart Voter to assist me in making informed decisions at election time. In addition, I've volunteered with LWVC and was very impressed with their ethics, sincerity, and responsibility in getting things right.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more staff capacity

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This is an organization full of staff and volunteers who are deeply committed to honest, impartial, straight-forward information for voters. I've been volunteering on a committee for a few months now, and I'm so impressed by the dedication to democracy that drives these *incredibly* smart and talented women (and a few men). Democracy isn't just a concept to them - it's a vital activity, and they work really hard to carve out and defend voters' access to useful information that is free from corporate and partisan influence. The CaVotes.org website is a fantastic, high quality, easily accessible resource for voters in California. Possibly the most valuable resource the League offers during elections is their focus on local democracy, local issue information, and voter registration. They make being a well-informed voter much easier! Also, you know that when the League takes a position on something, it's completely trust-worthy, well-researched, and carefully thought out - you don't have to go looking for who funded their opinion.

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I have been a volunteer with the League of Women Voters for many years and joined because I believe in the mission and purpose of the organization. The League is most concerned with voter registration and then providing education. The League is respected for its study of issues.
Members are offered the opportunity to be involved at the local, state and national levels. Only a small percentage of the dues go to support paid staff. One may feel good about donating to the League because of its education focus, much of which is done by volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Attract a younger, more racially diverse and male membership to better ensure the work is meeting the needs of everyone.

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My time volunteering for the League provides huge satisfaction for me -- working on great projects, helping make the community I live in stronger for everyone, and continuing to grow and learn personally.

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Life-changing

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I have been a volunteer with the League of Women Voters for many years. As we have moved around the country, the League is always one of my first calls in a new community. By joining and volunteering, I am tied in to the community immediately. I always find smart, caring people doing work to make our community better. It's a great place to feel at home and to make the community I live in a little bit stronger.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more people who are willing to spend a little time making our communities stronger.

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Life-changing

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I first learned of the League of Women Voters from my mother who volunteered as a precinct worker at every election, sharing election duties with civic-minded League members. Years laters as a young stay-at-home mother needing some outside activity to stimulate my days, I joined the League. What a boon it has been to meet and work with so many intelligent people who embrace the same mission for civic engagement, can agree to disagree, can advance their leadership skills, and make a difference in their community! Now, almost 52 years later, I credit my League friends as the most valued assets I have. In the vernacular of the day, they have my back and I have theirs. League membership starts with an understaing of what is, moves toward what can be at the local, state, and national levels of governmet, then sets priorities to actively create more equitable, more doable, more engaged local communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

develope a stronger national ad campaign.

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For over 30 years I have used and shared election time information frim the League of Women Voters. First print only but growing into a wonderful electronic resource for voter information at all levels of government. Only one reason I am a proud, long time member of the Leaague.

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Life-changing

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2013

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I joined the League in 1975. My mother and two of my sisters belonged to the League and I was fairly new to my community and was looking for like-minded people who shared my interests in government and civic engagement. I have found the League to be a trusted source of information; a place where I could always find a stimulating discussion; an organization with a good deal of gravitas in our City, and a place where it was easy to make lifelong friendships. I have participated in League studies, served on the local League and State Boards, and moderated many public forums. My League friends, male and female, keep me engaged, aware, and knowledgeable. I have had a ton of fun, too!
League's work in the community, educating the voters, promoting civic engagement, registering voters, and studying the issues, is important and worth my support. I wholeheartedly support the League with my time, talent and treasure and hope many others do so, as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more members to help in our important work!

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For over 30 years I have benefitted from my membership in the League of Women Voters. I have served in various capacities on local and state League Boards, and helped with voter registration, candidate's forums, pros and cons meetings on ballot issues, community issues forums, and participated in studies on a myriad of subjects - from Community Colleges to Health Care. So what did I get? A lot of knowledge, many good friends, a sense of contributing to something meaninful and helpful, among other things. Why do I love this organization? It is fair, inclusive, deliberate and does real "stuff." It is respected nation wide for its work. I am proud to be an active member of the League. It is not just for women (my husband is also a member, as are many men; our current local League president is male.) It is not for complainers or whiners, but a place where we can actually DO something to make our political life better and engage in contributing to the civic good. Join the League!

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Seeing improved understanding of issues. Improved my own knowledge. Helped to insure transparency in government operations. Made many long term friends and acquaintances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work with the leadership to increase the use of technology by the membership and improve the efficiency of the decision making process so that it can be more nimble.

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Not only has LWVC Ed Fund developed an outstanding web platform for unbiased, non partisan voter information on candidates and ballot measures, they make it possible for local Leagues to add information on local elections as well. This makes SmartVoter.org a "one stop shop" for local voters to become educated on their elections. I realized this especially when a few years ago, I helped put our local contests on SmartVoter. That maked me realize both how much this service helps voters, and how much responsibility we bear in making sure the information is truly not biased and is helpful in educating voters so they can make informed decisions.

I have also, of course, used SmartVoter virtually every election, to learn about candidates and ballot measures myself.

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