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Canvass for a Cause

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Causes: Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Canvass for a Cause is incorporated as a 501c4 working to build support for the progressive movement. Staff and volunteers have worked on a projects ranging from marriage equality, DADT, to cannabis reform, as well as international relief efforts.

Geographic areas served: California

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

There is a lot of concern that this group is not a legitimate non-profit, and that most of the money raised is pocketed by the head of the organization. At least two of the leading members have been fired for fraud from other legitimate canvassing organizations. If you are looking to fix gay marriage in California, look for an actual track record of work, like Equality California, or HRC. If you care about cannabis, you should be concerned that they did such an awful job on Prop 19 that it lost despite conservative backing from some quarters. Progressives, please support groups that are actually accomplishing something with your support, not this one.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello Great Nonprofit Visitors!

Canvass for a Cause provides incredible opportunities for activists to work real-time on progressive issues. I came to CFAC in July of 2010 and was initially attracted to the idea of advocating for gay marriage full time in San Diego.. what I found within the first few days @ CFAC is that their model of campaigning, voter outreach, persuasion and fundraising is top notch and allows for anyone with any interest to pursue their own cause.

Grassroots advocacy isn't a cake walk - it's difficult. And for those looking for a means to make a lot of money, this isn't the job for you, BUT if your heart led you to greatnonprofits.org, and you're in San Diego, and you want to meet some badass people who actually work on progressive issues IN THE STREET and AT TOWN COUNCIL... CFAC is for you.

If you do your job you will talk to hundreds of voters about progressive issues and persuade many of them to the cause - either way you are collected valuable voter information that can be used the next time a progressive issue heads to the ballot box. Either way you are doing the under-celebrated grassroots work that changes policy.

Full Disclosure: I worked as a Field Director with CFAC and have sinced moved on to other opportunities in D.C. I am indebted to CFAC and its leadership for all their advice and training on canvassing and grassroots activism.