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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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

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.

4 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.