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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.

2 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.

1 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

1 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.