Strengthening the state’s civil rights advocacy and civic participation infrastructure is crucial to advancing social and economic justice in California, the country’s third, and by far the largest, state where racial and ethnic minorities comprise a majority of the population. In addition, California is home to between 7 and 10 million registered voters who rarely vote, and the majority of these voters are people of color.
The Rosenberg Foundation is one of the founding members of the California Civic Participation Funders Collaborative, spearheaded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Other funders active in the roundtable include The California Endowment, Irvine Foundation, the Women’s Foundation of California, McKay Foundation, the Kapor Center for Social Impact and more. The funders came together in early 2010 with the shared goal of increasing civic participation among underrepresented populations, and now is working in four counties in California to increase civic participation in communities of color and among low-income populations.
The Foundation also invests in longstanding California civil rights organizations, builds the individual and collective capacity of a new generation of young leaders at the helm of these venerable civil rights institutions, and seeds innovative efforts to make voting accessible.