The changing demographics and political attitudes of the Central Valley - a traditionally conservative region of California - demand new strategies for community and civic engagement. To understand the shift in the region and how it is becoming more purple, look no further than the recent mid-term elections. In the race for the 10th congressional district, covering Stanislaus and portions of San Joaquin County, the election was undecided for a week and, at its closest margin, only 1,300 votes separated incumbent Republican Jeff Denham and eventual winner Democrat Josh Harder. A huge...

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As California prepares for its first all-mail voting election, philanthropy can provide resources in critical areas to ensure that all voters – particularly people of color, immigrants, new voters, and first-time voters – can participate in our democracy. A global pandemic, an economic crisis, and a deeply divided country make this fall’s election fraught with more challenges than ever before. Community organizations and advocates across the state are already mobilizing to protect this fundamental part of our democracy. Through 501(c)(3) funding, their work can be deepened, expanded, and...

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