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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jacquie Harn C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The LWVCEF is the #1 voter education source for California voters. Voters can go to votersedge.org and become informed before they VOTE! In addition, the Easy Voter Guide has the information voters need to focus on the most important points. The Easy Voter Guide is produced in 5 languages! As a board member for over four years I am proud of the service we give to our California communities!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of this organization for 25 years. This organization has spent the past 100 years envisioning a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate and taking steps to accomplish that.

1 Dustin A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund provides a clear understanding of our elections and building pathways to make it easier for voters to make informed decisions on who and what they are voting on.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund is a wonderful nonprofit organization. It provides easy to access and understand nonpartisan election information to voters. Voter's Edge CA makes it easy for voters to learn about their ballots online, allowing them to make more informed decisions in their local races and statewide measures.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The California League is a powerhouse of solid, sensible, well-researched, and thoughtful analysis of legislation and ballot measures that translates into stellar voter education. They focus on solutions, avoid partisanship and politicking, and are always scrupulously ethical in their practices. They do the homework for the rest of us on ballot propositions, hold political leaders accountable, and - at the core - empower voters to make informed decisions.

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The League is THE authority for voter information in California. They assist all types of voters at every stage of voting. From registering to vote to making sure your ballot gets in on time, they're here to help. Their information online and in print is accessible to new and busy voters, and to voters that prefer to learn about their ballot in a language other than English. With their many innovative tools, including a ballot lookup site, unbiased ballot measure guides, and a broad range of FAQs and fact sheets, the League strives to build a stronger, more informed democracy.

3 Dora3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California works at the vanguard of both policy and education to ensure a fully representative democracy. For 100 years they have fought for voting rights across the spectrum. But they are so much more than that - they are a training ground for democracy. The League allows the people to have a voice and an impact over matters that are crucial to their lives.

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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

Excellent organization. One of the top nonprofits promoting an engaged and educated electorate. Everyone should be involved with their local League chapter!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a League member for over 5 years now. This organization is serious about making an impact in CA politics and committed to helping ALL voters have the desire and resources needed to vote! We are passionate about working to make sure the CA electorate reflects the diversity of its residents.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A non-partisan organization, the League of Women Voters does an exceptional job of providing thorough, succinct and easy to understand information on public policy issues. Time and time again, I've been told how useful the information is in order to make informed decisions and to be able to vote with confidence.

2 Lori Brannen T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters is one of the true nonpartisan political organizations in the country today. For that reason it is a trusted messenger of political information. The LWVC Education Fund does a deep dive into ballot measures and propositions each election cycle and provides all research for free! And throughout the year the League registers voters and keeps them apprised of relevant issues, whether by hosting community events with elected officials or workshops with specialists.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The League of Women voters is an extraordinary organization. It takes complex material and make useful and understandable to the voter. If efficiently uses its financial resources and taps effectively into it volunteer base such that in combination it creates a reach and impact substantially larger then comparably resourced organization. Most importantly the League can always be counted to be the honest voice in the room. This is an organization well worth your donation.

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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.

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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

2 Pat E.

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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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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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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have used the nonpartisan Easy Voter Guide in five languages for years as my main outreach tool for my neighborhood voter registration and engagement efforts - the best and easiest ballot measure explanations around! I know the League scrupulously subjects the content through a community review process via the library then it's approved by the Legislative Analyst's office. I also love their new ballot measure videos from SeePolitical. Now they have merged SmartVoter with Voter's Edge so we can follow the money in elections. In a very partisan world, I know I can trust the League's resources to help me make informed decisions. www.cavotes.org

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Donor

Rating: 2

The League does a great job at many levels of promoting active participation in US democracy (protecting voting rights, registering voters). However, their understanding of complex policy issues is amateurish at times (they're enthusiastic volunteers, of course, and mean well). This makes their voter recommendations unreliable for those who want to fully understanding the repercussions of the vote. The demographics of their members also skews their point of view substantially.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

6 Mony Flores-Bauer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Anna72

Client Served

Rating: 4

I use Smart Voter at all elections. All the information on the ballot measure or candidate is accessible from this one central place. Fabulous!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund provides an invaluable resource for the community. Their programs are carefully thought out and meticulously executed.

Our local League often relies on the expertise of the LWVC Education Fund and its impressible members. Their knowledge, accessibility, and willingness to help make them a leader in their field. The organization repeatedly demonstrates its skills in collaboration, ability to foster community, and member accessibility.

LWVC Education Fund does not only lead by example, but also provides real guidance, support and resources to local Leagues all over California.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7 Elizabeth Leslie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I highly recommend The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund because of their commitment to providing nonpartisan resources for all voters in California. I have been a member of the League for almost seven years and I rely on their voter education materials for every election for myself and to share with my community.

As a new voter they can help you register and vote using many multilingual videos and materials at www.easyvoterguide.org and www.cavotes.org. The LWVCEF also offers the popular www.smartvoter.org which provides comprehensive information for every election including local elections with info on small but mighty races for school boards and judges. No other organization provides such trusted, nonpartisan information with attention to voters’ needs. The LWVCEF now offers the updated Guide to California Government to help new and seasoned voters understand how our government works at www.cavotes.org/G2CG.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I depend on the League for unbiased, well researched and well thought out information. My aunt was very active in the League when I was young so as an adult I started reading their stands and they make so much sense. I appreciate the help in making educated choices. Now I've joined, but I haven't gotten to the point of being active yet. I would enjoy working on research and discussion if I had time.

5 Alex Starr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After being dogged for months by a friend I finally joined the League over 15 years ago. It is a perfect fit. My father was an immigrant who said to me - get the best education you can and VOTE!!! LWV's Eduction Fund combines both. It educates voters in a non partisan way so they can be informed before they cast their ballot. It is a wonderful, ego-free organization that supports educating the public about important issues in our Democracy. Join us! Try it, you'll like it!!!

5 Katherine22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best source of complete, non partisan, unbiased and WELL RESEARCHED information on ballot measures and election-related issues. I am so proud of the LWVC Education Fund.

5 Barbara129

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined my local League over 20 years ago when they were participating in a national study on health care. I knew the League as a respected source of information. My exposure to the process of conducting a study of an important social issue by enlisting members to study various aspects and present their findings in public meetings with great non partisan discussions leading to consensus of the group gave me even more respect for the LWV.

I joined my local board which helped me build leadership skills and involved me more deeply in my community. Later I was elected to the state board where I learned more governance skills. I have always felt that the time and effort I gave helped my community and the voting public while expanding my own knowledge and understanding of issues and government processes. For me, the League's brand as a good and open government organization has made me a better citizen.

There is also love and laughter in the League. I have had the pleasure of developing deep respectful friendships over my years with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm off this evening to help my local League moderate a candidates forum for mayoral and city council races. For busy voters who miss the forum, we offer www.SmartVoter.org, which is another terrific voter service resource. Helping candidates connect with their communities - and giving voters the tools that they need to shape their communities - is incredibly rewarding. Plus I always meet the most interesting people! I'm grateful to the League for this tradition of encouraging informed and active participation in government, and helping me to develop my professional and community skills.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been active in the League of Women Voters at both the state and local level and no other activity I have been involved in has given me as many personal rewards. I get enormous satisfaction from helping others learn more about candidates and understand the issues on the ballot. I enjoy the research/writing and training involved in voter education.

1 Jennifer A. Waggoner

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The League has made me the person I am today. No other organization has given me such amazing opportunities to learn, network with fascinating leaders in their fields, and get involved in my community. I have been involved with all sorts of organizations and none give me more satisfaction than being a League member. When I moved to San Francisco, dozens of issues were being settled at the ballot box and each had supporters and opponents with strident, contradictory campaign materials. I struggled to find unbiased analysis and, for the first time in my life, I considered not voting because I felt so unprepared. I was horrified: I was in one of the most famously politically active cities in the country, and yet I couldn’t find basic voter information? Then I found the League Education Fund, the only consistent source of straightforward election information I could trust. I started hosting parties before each election: we order pizza and discuss our ballots using http://www.SmartVoter.org, the http://www.EasyVoter.org Guide, and other League resources. This inspired me to train to present the ballot measures to community groups and on television, give testimony at hearings, and organize issue forums. I couldn’t have imagined I’d have so much fun educating myself about the issues, improving my research and presentation skills, and strengthening democracy. I’m also proud that I can share such rewarding opportunities with colleagues, new members, and even international visitors from the State Department, United Nations and student exchange programs. We need everyone to participate in civic life in order to be a strong, safe, fair and vibrant place to live. Because the League is a model grassroots organization, my hands-on work is part of a powerful movement dedicated to tangible civic improvement at the local, state, national and even international levels.