The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation has announced a second $10 million investment in civic participation and engagement organizations ahead of the November elections.
In June, after the killing of George Floyd sparked racial justice protests across the country, the foundation pledged $10 million to address election challenges facing the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional commitment boosts the foundation's total giving in 2020 to $28 million — more than 30 percent of the value of its $88 million endowment at the beginning of the year.
The latest round of grants will be disbursed to six organizations and funder collaboratives — the State Infrastructure Fund, Youth Engagement Fund, Alliance for Youth Organizing, Power the Polls, Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and Trusted Elections Fund — working to ensure that members of underrepresented communities have the information and access they need to vote in a safe, healthy manner. To that end, grantees will work to turn out young people, communities of color, and lower-income communities and ensure that local election infrastructure is fully functioning, secure, and adequately staffed.
"Civic participation and engagement are the underpinnings of all the work we do to support safe and healthy communities and justice reform," said Langeloth Foundation board chair Carmen Nevarez. "Without a functioning democracy that represents the needs and priorities of all citizens, we cannot hope to see the lasting, transformative changes we are being called upon to make."
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