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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund

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Causes: Citizen Participation, Civil Rights, Public & Societal Benefit, Voter Education & Registration, Voting Rights

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.

Target demographics: all Californians

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund conducts our voter service and civic education activities. It is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonpartisan non-profit educational organization, which: Builds participation in the democratic process. Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner. Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management. - See more at: https://cavotes.org/about-ef#sthash.OAkE2uu5.dpuf

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1992 and have been involved in multiple capacities, local/state/nationally. I have relied on the LWVC Education Fund as an important part of my relationship with my community locally and the State of California. The LWVCEF. In California, ballot measures are an important part of what is presented to the voters for approval (or not). Some are local, some are statewide. Most are complex and difficult to understand. The LWVC Education Fund is respected as a reliable resource for voters as they prepare to vote. The League has volunteers who are well practiced at analyzing the measures and "translating" their key provisions into understandable language, with the goal of both educating voters and enabling them to cast informed votes. The analyses are also shared with local Leagues throughout the state so local volunteers can share the information with their communities.

The LWVCEF supports the work of Leagues throughout the state by providing accurate ballot measure information, guidance on how to moderate and/or organize candidate forums, how to work effectively with other organizations to increase local understanding of key statewide issues and they affect communities locally.

The LWVCEF also provides outstanding election information to all voters in California through Voters Edge. Voters Edge is the updated and expanded version of what used to be known as Smart Voter.

It is my belief that the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund is an important part of what we call Making Democracy Work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As President of the Oakland League of Women Voters I am excited to be part of an organization that is so engaged and civic minded. Our democracy cannot work unless all are included. In our league we work to make sure that Oakland Votes Informed. We also work on policy issues which make our community stronger and more transparent. When we work together on these very important issues we are heard and we move forward!
Louise Rothman-Riemer, President League of Women Voters Oakland

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for the work of the LWVCEF. In Ventura County we rely on the carefully explained and very balanced Pros and Cons to help voters feel more informed. We provide the the Easy Voters in Spanish and English to all the public libraries in the county leading up to an election and we hear from the librarians that they are sought after by patrons because they feel that the League material is easy to understand and helps them feel more prepared to vote. Voters Edge provides great information online on all the candidates and even has video clips and records of who donates to the campaigns. When we register voters we are able to suggest that voters check it out, because it provides non-partisan information. Voters are happy to have that kind of information at their fingertips in this age of "fake" news. I feel that the LWVCEF is a very worthy nonprofit which truly succeeds at its mission, educating voters and encouraging informed participation in government.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm very happy and proud to be a board member of this wonderful organization. The League provides outstanding information to voters at each election. It is working to increase participation in civic life overall -- which includes but is not limited to voting. Our goal is to make the voices in California's civic life representative of the population, and we're making good progress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up with the League. My mother was an active League member, and I was her helper. She gave me my first membership, and I have maintained that wherever I've moved. The League provides an immediate connection to people who care about -- and are active in -- their community. As a volunteer, I have have learned great skills -- research, writing, public speaking, fundraising -- and done it while providing a service to my community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pros & Cons are my go-to resource for ballot measures, and Voter's Edge CA for candidates! The LWVCEF is awesome!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund has an extraordinary commitment to educating voters, removing barriers to participation in civic life, engaging historically underrepresented Californians, and expanding representative democracy. They work collaboratively with elections officials and other civic organizations, and take a leadership role in every significant advance made by the state. The tools that they develop, like the Voter's Edge California website and the Easy Voter Guide, are beautifully designed, plain language resources trusted and used by millions of Californians.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Extraordinary, detailed, non-partisan and trustworthy work in civic engagement and voting rights. The League is the go to, dependable source for both basic information and thoughtful positions impacting voters.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer with the League of Women Voters at all levels. I am particularly impressed by the outstanding work done in California to serve voters. The League provides high quality information. This information is accessible to a wide variety of Californians -- in different languages, via a wide variety of media, and in communities throughout the state.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I interned at the League of Women Voters of California and had an amazing experience. Not only was I able to work with such educated people who taught me a lot but also I was able to do some amazing things during my time here and learned so much. I was able to see all the little things that went into voter turnout and why some don't vote and why some do. It is amazing to see all that the League does in order to achieve the highest voter turnout. One of the main tasks the League had me do was make a student video project using the opinion of young people about why people do not vote. Once again I was able to see more of the "behind the scenes" of voter turnout. Overall my time at the league was very memorable and taught me so much about being in a real work environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

League of Women Voters of California Education Fund supports the best voter information websites and voter information for elections. Through it League volunteer work the websites: cavotes.org and votersedge.org/ca connect the voter with local election information across the state in individual zip codes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California is the best provider of nonpartisan educational information in California, hands down. They publish accessible educational materials (from the Easy Voter Guide to Smart Voter) and organize candidate forums. Trusted and respected because of the outstanding rigor of their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Voting in California is cumbersome, time-consuming and often confusing. I turn to the League of Women Voters of California to help me sort through the legalese to get to the real issues with clear, clarifying language that is unbiased and easy to understand. I am grateful for the work of the League and appreciate the Easy Voter Guide and other publications that support my efforts to be an engaged, responsible voter. That's why I'm a donor.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm getting ready for my local election this November and Smart Voter is about the only place I can find good local election information. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work as a high school teacher and administrator and use the League's nonpartisan resources for my students in social studies and civics every election. We especially love the Easy Voter Guides and I think the parents use them to make decisions on tough ballot measures! I am grateful to have trusted sources of information I can feel good about our students using. Thank you League!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund always has the best and clearest nonpartisan election information. Smart Voter and now Voter's Edge California make it easy to learn about my ballot online so I can make informed decisions, especially for local races and measures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to be able to contribute to this wonderful organization. It makes voting so much easier by providing clear, easy to understand, nonpartisan explanations of what is on my ballot.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The true benefit, strong reflection and values of democracy is what the League of Women Voters of California diligently work to promote daily by helping to afford all groups equal access and participation in civic and elections processes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I shifted from general volunteer to board member because the work of LWVCEF is so exciting! The new Voters Edge website is exactly the kind of project that voters need to make informed decisions about candidates and issues. The League's profound commitment to nonpartisanship is like a breath of fresh air in politics. This is a group of people with strong and informed opinions who regularly put them aside to focus on what's best for democracy - I know that sounds corny but in the current political environment it's stunning.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

In addition to my role as a staff member, I'm also a major donor to the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. With thousands of members and volunteers the League makes a real grassroots difference in people lives. Every dollar that I contribute helps register, inform, and engage more Californians in civic life. Democracy only works when everyone can fully participat--and my gifts to LWVCEF help make that happen.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund is a trustworthy organization that provides easy-to-understand resources that help me cast better informed votes. Between the Easy Voter Guide and SmartVoter.org, I know I can always rely on the League of Women Voters to help me understand the issues!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know I can always count on the League for trustworthy and unbiased election information that is so hard to find anywhere else. The League is truly dedicated to providing that information to everyone -- in multiple formats and languages -- so that we can all vote with confidence. The quality of their election materials is also top-notch because of the League's thorough review process. I'd recommend League products like the Easy Voter Guide to anyone trying to decide how to vote!