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Canvass for a Cause

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was drawn to the idea that a grassroots organization needs a busininess model that allows volunteers to trancend the "Single Issue" temporary team that dissapates after the vote or event that it was formed for. This group of dedicated activists is in the neighborhood where the rubber meets the road on a daily basis changing hearts and minds one door at a time. There is nothing out there that preserves the enthusiasm for a cause and applies it to the in person conversations to further many progressive ideas. They are building a database of not just how folks voted but why. This deliniates areas for future campaigns like no demograhic poll that I've seen. Having a board with many years of business and marketing skills will help guide them to maximize the resources and tap areas they may have have not been aware of. I view the Boards role as a guide and Mentor for them to grow and be good stewards of the funds they raise.


Board Member

Rating: 4

When my youngest sister was killed by a hit and run driver a few years ago, it was very sad for me. We had been close when we were younger and we shared a love of independence, politics and progressive causes. My sister was also much loved in her community, having worked long and hard to represent working class folks in her town and at a statewide level. It wasn't legal for her to marry her same sex partner of many years in that state though, and when she died her partner had a hard time making arrangements and keeping the life and things they owned together. When the Canvass for a Cause organization was looking for specific accounting help then, I volunteered because, as a CPA, I knew I could help and hopefully make some small contribution to changing things so that other loved ones don't go through what my sister's partner had to face.