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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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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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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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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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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.

5 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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.